Join the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in collaboration with Fort Campbell Army Garrison, Fort Campbell Spouse Employment Center, and the Veteran's Business Outreach Center (VBOC) on Thursday, September 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT to learn about starting your own business, and the resources and tools to help you succeed. From honing your business plan and protecting your brand and ideas, to market analysis and financing, we've got every angle of entrepreneurship covered.
We will welcome highly regarded experts in business development and intellectual property (IP) protection, as well as successful military spouse and veteran entrepreneurs.
In addition to panel discussions on entrepreneurship, the workshop will include opportunities for an audience Q&A and a resource fair with exhibitors from entrepreneurship support organizations.
This event is free and will be available via livestream and in person.
Registration for in-person attendance is required and you must be a valid Department of Defense (DoD) ID card holder with installation access. To register, please visit the registration page or for questions contact the Spouse Employment Center at 270-412-1720 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
11:30-Noon: Resource Fair (In person attendance only)
Noon - 1 p.m. Panel 1: Resources for startups
1 - 2 p.m. Panel 2: Entrepreneurial Success Stories
2 - 3 p.m. Resource Fair (In person attendance only)
Rob Corrigan, Director, Veteran's Business Outreach TN/KY
Rob Corrigan is the Director of the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) at Pathway Lending, providing services to the states of TN and KY. The VBOC program offers resources to veterans, service members, and military spouses who are interested in starting or growing a small business. Rob Corrigan is a 23-year Army Veteran and served in the 82nd Airborne Division, the 101st Airborne and numerous other storied units. Combat tours included the Gulf War, Bosnia, Iraq (multiple tours) and Afghanistan. He attended and graduated several of the Army’s distinguished schools including airborne, air assault, pathfinder, and ranger school. Rob holds a Master of Arts Degree in Executive Leadership with a Business concentration along with an undergraduate degree in Business, both from Liberty University. He specializes in leadership, counseling, and instruction.
Jason Lott, Managing Attorney for Trademarks Customer Outreach, USPTO, emcee
Jason Lott is the Managing Attorney for Trademarks Customer Outreach at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) where he specializes in helping small business owners understand trademarks and the federal trademark registration process. He conceptualizes and delivers educational content using live presentations, creative videos, and other multimedia platforms. He also presents to experienced practitioners on advanced trademark topics, providing them the tools and expertise to better serve their clients. Jason began his career at the USPTO in 2000 as a trademark examining attorney.
Rachael Ortiz-Marsh, CEO and Founder, Tennesse Trojans Women's Football Team
Rachael Ortiz-Marsh is the Founder and CEO of Tennessee Trojans Women’s Football LLC, a franchise team of the Women’s National Football Conference, whose core mission is to empower women to break down barriers and challenge the way the world sees women in sports through competition, teamwork, and impactful community engagement. She holds the distinction of being the first Latina women to own a sports franchise team in the state of Tennessee. After serving 22 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. Rachael transitioned from active duty in 2020. She deployed once to Iraq serving as a battle captain for I Corps in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has held a variety of high-level positions of responsibility such as First Sergeant, Victim Advocate, Equal Opportunity Leader, and Unit Movement Officer. Additionally, she served on three humanitarian medical mission teams in Honduras, directly leading two teams, and participated in Ulchi-Guardian Freedom warfighting exercise during her service tenure. Rachael holds master’s degree in Organizational Development and Leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word and resides in Clarksville, Tennessee with her family and their four children. She enjoys engaging with her community, reading and spending time with her family.
Hope Shimabuku, Regional Director, USPTO's Texas Regional Office
As the Regional Director of the Texas Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Hope Shimabuku carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the Texas regional office. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Shimabuku ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders. Ms. Shimabuku brings to the USPTO nearly two decades of experience as an engineer and intellectual property attorney. Most recently, Ms. Shimabuku was part of the Office of General Counsel at Xerox Corporation serving as Vice President and Corporate Counsel responsible for all intellectual property matters for Xerox Business Services LLC. She also worked for BlackBerry Corporation advising on United States and Chinese standards setting, cyber security, technology transfer, and intellectual property laws and legislation. As an engineer, she worked for Procter & Gamble and Dell Computer Corporation. Ms. Shimabuku is a leader in the Texas region. She currently sits on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Texas Law School and is an honorary member and inaugural member of the Barbara M.G. Lynn IP Inn of Court. She is a past chair for the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Texas, served as past president of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, chaired the Dallas Diversity Task Force, served as a facilitator for the DFW Women in Intellectual Property group and served on the board of the Dallas Bar Association and as a member of the Grievance Committee for the State Bar of Texas – District 6. Throughout her career, Ms. Shimabuku has championed diversity efforts, including service as the first Asian-American Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and was honored with the Champion of Diversity Award by the Association of Corporate Counsel and separately by the Asian Pacific Interest Section of the State Bar of Texas. She has received numerous professional honors, including being honored as a Hero of Innovation by the Center for American and International Law, being selected as a Dallas Business Journal “Top 40 Under Forty,” named Dallas Business Journal’s Corporate Counsel Rookie of the Year, selected as one of DCEO’s “500 Most Powerful Business Leaders", and being awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award for Government Services for SMU Dedman School of Law in 2018. Ms. Shimabuku has had the opportunity to participate in various events throughout her tenure with the USPTO, including SXSW Interactive, the Houston Tech Rodeo, Craft Brewers Conference and Brew Expo America, Center for American and International Policy, the Conrad Challenge Innovation Summit, FIRST Championships, and as a casting call guest on ABC's Shark Tank. Ms. Shimabuku received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and graduated cum laude with a J.D. from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law. She is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston. She currently lives in Flower Mound, Texas, with her husband and two daughters.
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