Although claims are not made that raking leaves will be fun, thanks to The Bag Daddy
, it certainly should be a lot easier.
The Bag Daddy is essentially a funnel that is placed over a city lawn bag
that makes filling the bag with yard waste much faster and easier. The
patented product made out of biodegradable material is designed to fold
up for convenient storage at the end of the season.
Inventor Mike Kolarik, 63, of Grand Rapids, says it will now be much
more convenient to buy The Bag Daddy, thanks to a first-time order from
Meijer for 159 cases.
Although many inventors might have labeled this a success, Kolarik,
after years of ups and downs to get The Bag Daddy to market, is bit more
"I'll let the customers decide if it's a success," he says.
Like every invention, there is a back story. In the case of The Bag
Daddy, Kolarik's first invention, the moment of inspiration came several
years ago after trying to empty his leaf mulcher into a city yard bag.
Becoming frustrated after the bag would collapse or leaves would spill
out, he used an empty box to create his first prototype and began a
journey that included a 2-year process to secure a patent, a costly
misstep with local firm that promised much but delivered nothing, and
his first order by a West Michigan distributor to supply several area
Looking back on the entire process Kolarik, a retired Steelcase
engineer, has several business lessons he would share with other
inventors. As an engineer and a co-inventor on a couple of corporate
patents, he has an understanding of how complicated the process can be,
so he highly recommends working with a good patent attorney.
Kolarik also is an advocate for the Grand Rapids Inventors Network
"I had a great experience with GRIN," he states. "Positive people, a positive organization, and great information."
He feels strongly that the shared experiences of members of this network help inventors "avoid many pitfalls."
"I might have dropped the project without the support of GRIN," Kolarik states.
The Bag Daddy is manufactured by WhoDaThought, LLC, a company he formed
with his wife, Martha. Although no other products are in the pipeline,
Kolarik "has many ideas, but will wait and see what happens with The
Bag Daddy" before he develops anything else.
Source: Interview with Mike Kolarik and http://thebagdaddyonline.com/
John Rumery is the Innovation and Jobs Editor for Rapid Growth Media. He is an educator, board member of AimWest
WYCE music programmer, entrepreneur, raconteur and competitive
barbecuer living in Grand Rapids, MI. He can be reached at
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