7th Annual $50,000 Cade Museum Prize Seeks Applicants

Annual statewide competition rewards Florida inventors and entrepreneurs
GAINESVILLE, FL, January 1, 2016 – The Cade Museum for Creativity + Invention invites entrepreneurs, inventors, researchers, and early-stage companies to apply for the 7th Annual Cade Museum Prize competition. Open to all Florida residents and Florida based companies, a cash prize of $50,000 as well as in-kind incentives will be awarded to the most innovative idea that is en route to market. Contestants will be judged on the following criteria: 1)  How truly creative is the idea?, 2)  How large is the potential impact of the invention?, and 3)  Could the invention be marketed successfully?
 
Important dates for the competition are as follows:
 
January 1- January 31  –  Applicants submit entries online at cademuseum.org  Deadline: 1-31-16.       
 
March 1  –  Sweet 16 semi-finalists announced.
 
March 28  –  Final 4 teams are announced.
 
April 30  –  Final 4 teams will present their ideas to a panel of judges and an audience at the 2nd Annual Inventivity Bash in Gainesville where the winner will be announced onstage.
 
Since its inception in 2010, the Cade Museum Prize (funded by the Community Foundation of North Central Florida) has drawn hundreds of entries from all corners of Florida, providing a space for a blend of state researchers, entrepreneurs, and creative-thinkers to showcase their ideas. The 2015 winner, Everix, impressed with their development of high performance optical filters that caters to a variety of uses. Past winners have included an innovative system that matches students with a highly qualified tutors; an improved biodegradable plastic that breaks down under natural conditions in less than 10 years; and a revolutionary sound-monitoring technology that uses catheters in common procedures such as labor and delivery and cardiac operations. 
 
This year the Cade Museum Prize competition platform is being sponsored by Skild.

About the Cade Museum

Based in Gainesville, Florida, the Cade Museum is an interactive museum that inspires creative thinking, future inventors, and early entrepreneurs.  Founded by the family of Dr. James Robert Cade, who led the team that invented Gatorade at the University of Florida in 1965, the Cade Museum offers classes combining science, technology, the arts, engineering, and math. The Cade Museum is currently building a new facility in Gainesville, featuring the invention of Gatorade, stories of great American inventors, and the neuroscience of creativity. For more information on the Cade Museum, visit www.cademuseum.org.

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Media Contact:
Jennifer Denault
Cade Museum
352-371-8001
jdenault@cademuseum.org

Last Minute Holiday Prep

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​You are in the final stretch. The schedule seemed impossible last week. Now you are just days away from Christmas. Stress is mounting for everyone and as a business owner, you may feel even more of the holiday pressures. If so, remember to take a deep breath.
 
There may be mishaps. Any misgivings you feel at the time will pass; consider the amount of stress that will result if you lose your cool. Remember, you are the example. If you need to count to ten, do it. Consider doing it while you are smiling and do it with your inside voice.
 
Remind your team of the final push. Your team can make or break your business. Keep as much fun as possible in the season and consider adding incentives for motivation.
 
If possible, take off the owner badge and get in the trenches with your crew. If you are at the top, you may recall witnessing other business owners in your past, and the positive impression felt from the helping hand.
 
Finally, enjoy the season. Let the team know how thankful you are for their commitment to the company.
 
The New Year is around the corner, and we can make plans to do it all over again. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

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Pamela Kidwell 
Business Innovation Center

KiSSFLOW — Is It Right for Your Business?

Even small businesses can get overwhelmed with tedious human resource requests. Employees requesting vacation time, travel reimbursement, adding new employees to payroll: it can be hard to keep track. Maybe you should test KiSSFLOW. I did, and it took one click to install. KiSSFLOW is a web-based interface created to organize workflow for your business. The app assists in holding several employee requests and makes adding an employee simple. Creating your personal workflow is just a click away. 

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​Just click “create process” on the left sidebar and KiSSFLOW will pull up their templates: 

The most popular templates are listed first, with the option to customize your template or request a template from KiSSFLOW.
The one you chose will determine how your five-step process works. 
​KiSSFLOW uses an easy “5 step process” to create any workflow to your business needs. 
​Creating a “process,” or creating a personalized workflow, is as simple as following the five steps above.
KiSSFLOW will first ask you to name your desired workflow and provide a description. I will demonstrate the process to create a vacation time-off request.  
​The second step in the process is to design your form. KiSSFLOW is customizable, allowing users to delete or add fields for their users to fill in when entering their data into the workflow – giving you the freedom to tailor your interface to your business needs. 
After you complete the third step, you are then prompted to customize the steps your employee’s request goes through. 

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​When your employee makes a request, KiSSFLOW recommends that the if it will go to a manager, then human resources. However, as the administrator of the group, you can change the route the request goes through.

If a change is made, the only thing the administrator needs is an email address. For example, if a request needs to go to a manager, just hover over the “manager approval” box and change the email address of the desired manager.

The fourth step before publishing is editing the permissions to your process. This step is to enable the different avenues listed in step three to modify the request.


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​The fifth and final step is publishing your process! KiSSFLOW makes creating a process incredibly simple through their five step process.
After the administrator publishes the process, it will show on the left sidebar next to any other completed operations. 

​Keeping track of various requests is effortless when requests are sorted into different files based on their completion.  Once the designated manager has reviewed the request, it will show under one the tabs listed: in progress, rejected, or if accepted, it will show under completed. 
​As the administrator, you will be able to see the background of the interface. You can see reports based on how many requests you receive, how many are accepted and denied, as well as the average time taken to decide on a request. KiSSFLOW shows the administrator reports on previous requests, whether they were accepted or denied, and shows how many requests were submitted during certain months.
​Owning a business is rewarding but can be daunting, especially as your employee list gets longer. Utilizing KiSSFLOW will assist any manager or human resource department to accept easily or deny employee request, add an employee to the books, among other functions. KiSSFLOW is the number one business process management system on the market today, and they have over 10,000 customers across 108 countries. KiSSFLOW is integrated with Google Apps and works as a simple plugin. KiSSFLOW also offers a mobile device for those on the go.
With the business world accelerating at such a speed, an essential trait is an organization. With KiSSFLOW, the user gets an easy-to-use interface for sorting employee requests, organizing processes, and viewing your process management reports. 

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KiSSFLOW offers a free trial, with monthly pricing at $3.00 per user per month. Find more information at https://kissflow.com/

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Jessica Williams
Communication Intern

Why Every Small Business Must Have a Website in 2016

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In 2015, Facebook and other social media services saw a record creation of small business pages across their networks. Social media sites require less expertise to launch and anyone can start a page at little to no cost.  However, as your business becomes more established, professional existence away from social media is vital to any business’s digital marketing effort.

While social media is an excellent source for a quick and easy solution, with not much commitment needed, in the world of today’s digital marketing trends, it can be rather limiting.  Some of these downfalls include minimal design, very limited reporting and tracking tools, and most of all lack of ownership.

If you want full control over your brand and the ability to better track your marketing efforts, a website should be in your marketing plan for 2016. The number one reason is credibility. A well put together site versus a competitor with only a Facebook page immediately gives your business more credibility and stance in the marketplace. Another reason to move to a website is the ability to target better marketing techniques most social media lacks. You have more leeway and freedom to communicate and sell your product or service.

Finally, one of the main reasons you need a website is to reduce overhead. Ah, music to your ears as a small business owner, right? What does this mean?  By building a website, you will have created a sales agent that is available 24 hours a day seven days a week. With most consumers turning to the internet as the preferred option for obtaining business information, you have just automated some of your sales efforts.

However, do not discount social media altogether. Ideally, in a well put together plan, social media should be a vital piece of the marketing puzzle. With the average increase of website traffic by 25%, social media will always encourage more business growth. However, look to move to a site in 2016 to push your business a bit further and provide your clients and customers a more comprehensive solution for your services or product.


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Chris Josten

Founder / Lead Developer