A picture may paint a thousand words, but a prototype can save you a thousand dollars.

There’s nothing like a physical mock-up of a product to give an entrepreneur a clear vision of the flaws and strengths of their innovation. Having a rough version of a concept that can be touched, modified, tinkered with and expanded on, helps one learn and test the functionality of their design.

Going through the prototyping process allows one to make design changes before hitting mass production. And it’s far better to approach an investor with a working pre-production model, than just paperwork and talk.

But a professional prototype may not be as simple as raiding a closet for string, glue, and cardboard. Most inventions require their makers get their hands dirty with higher grade materials, or at the very least professional tools. Luckily, the Portland area has dozens of places and people to turn to if you’re ready to transform your idea into a test product.

Want the building blocks for prototyping for small businesses and startups? You’ve come to the right place:

Join us Friday, April 28th, 1-2 p.m. for Biz503: The Nuts & Bolts of Prototyping. Listen live at 99.1 FM in the heart of Portland – or online anywhere at PRP.fm.

Our current Biz503 series is about taking your idea from a concept to profitability, and all the steps along the entrepreneurial way. This week we’re tackling the how-to’s of prototyping, from design to product.


Linda Weston, longtime advisor for entrepreneurs, and principal, Rapporto

Mike Rogoway, business writer, The Oregonian


Carson Cook, M.S. sports product management graduate, and intern, Studio 317 

Chris Lau, general manager, ADX/Art Design Portland

Ben Storm, director of mobile strategy, Knuckleheads

This week on Biz503 Immix Law Group, trusted legal advisors to startups and small business, will give away a free hour of legal work on an issue or challenge you’re facing in your business. (Terms and conditions of an engagement letter will apply.) Listen to the live show for a chance to text-to-win!