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    9 Replies Latest reply on Jan 13, 2008 8:32 PM by CEO Space

    Does anyone have a contact for a plastics manufacturer in the U.S.?

    Product Inven Newbie
      I would like to find a plastic's manufacturer to prototype and produce mass quantities of a trash receptacle. I am having a hard time finding a manufacturer. The product is about 14" in length. Please help!
        • Re: Does anyone have a contact for a plastics manufacturer in the U.S.?
          LUCKIEST Guide
          That sounds like an easy request. Have you tried Googling plastics manufacturer??
          The length of the product should not make a difference.
          Do you have a Business and Marketing Plan??

          • Re: Does anyone have a contact for a plastics manufacturer in the U.S.?
            LUCKIEST Guide
            Maybe this will help, LUCKIEST

            5 Steps to Small Business Success

            1. Start Smart
            2. Plan Ahead
            3. Set up Systems
            4. Seek out Sales
            5. Aim for Growth



            1. Start Smart.
            Identify a niche. Don't compete to be the lowest cost provider. Look
            for what makes your product or service unique and adds a special value
            for the client and charge for that value. Every business has many
            facets. Start with what you know and like; start a business that has
            meaning to you. Keep in mind that we don't know what the future holds,
            many of the jobs and businesses of tomorrow don't exist today. You can
            create your own success.


            Now is the time to dream. To start smart, you should like the idea of
            the business. The way to earn a good income and build wealth is by
            serving clients well, making their life better in some way-it's more
            than filling a need in the marketplace. To succeed you want to test the
            idea to make sure your potential clients like the idea too. Test your

            2. Plan Ahead.
            People often ask me why bother with a business plan? Look at the
            lottery as an example. You may get lucky and get the winning ticket,
            but the odds are against you when you rely on random chance. I'm a risk
            taker...but not that much, minimize the risk of going into business and
            maximize your potential for success. Take the time to write a plan of
            how you get from point A to point B. A plan gives you a clear future
            focus and increases your chances of success.


            The first rule of a start-up is put some of your own money in the
            business. As the owner you must be willing to capitalize the business.
            The second rule is put as little of your own money as possible in the
            business. Prepare your plan and look for funding for your business from
            multiple sources, which can include a business loan or business line of


            Don't go it alone. Plan ahead now to build your team. Your team may
            include a CPA and an attorney that you work with as needed. Add a
            mentor from your industry and get a SCORE mentor to help you plan for
            success. No one has all the answers. You get more ideas and information
            by building a success, support team that can help you plan ahead.

            3. Set up Systems.
            The most basic system every business should have is a good financial
            system. Ask yourself how am I going to generate enough income to
            support myself and my family. Begin here. Put together a personal
            budget, so you know what it costs you to live. Now, you can move on to
            the business budget and sales planning, so you can see how many sales
            you need to break even and make a profit. The start-up expense plan,
            operating budget and your accounting software are vital to your



            4. Seek out Sales.
            The daunting question is how do you go about seeking out your first
            sale. Recognize that since you don't have a big ad budget to be seen by
            everyone, you need to target a niche and get connected in your market
            community, be it local, regional or national. You need other people
            selling for you-not employees-goodwill referrals. Get out and talk to
            as many people as you can. Join organizations that would have clients
            for your product or service. Become a visible part of your market, and
            then ask for the sale. You begin the sales process with people that you
            know. Yes, it's okay to start with friends and family as your first
            customers, and then broaden from there.



            5. Aim for Growth.
            The basic tenant of creating a company is that you own the company. You
            are not just creating a job for yourself. It's less risk and less
            investment to get a job. Building a business is creating a company that
            is more than the job itself. Think about the future. How large do you
            want the company to be in terms of sales, net profit and employees?
            Your answer to each of these questions will influence how you grow.
            There are varying costs and profits associated with growth. It's
            important to make a deliberate choice early about how you want to grow
            your company.

            • Re: Does anyone have a contact for a plastics manufacturer in the U.S.?
              CEO Space Scout
              Product Inmen,


              In our network, we very often times see that most new and small business people do all the right things, yet they do them in the wrong order and spend too much time and money.

              I have heard many of the top experts to start ups in our network say that the first prototype should be made by the person himself. And to begin with, a drawing could be sufficient.

              The first four steps of sequencing for a business is 1) a clear vision 2) a plan (at least an executive summary) 3) a team to execute the plan 4) the capital to execute the plan.

              Proto types and manufacturing is later.

              I have written several articles at idea that should help you.

              Good Luck,
              Kathy Hadley
              • Re: Does anyone have a contact for a plastics manufacturer in the U.S.?
                CEO Space Scout
                oh, and I forgot to answer your question.

                We have plastics manufacturers in our worldwide network in the US and abroad.

                I don't have their info right at hand but if you go and to and post
                in the forum under NEED what you are looking for (and be specific) you should get
                an answer.

                Good Luck