The Hammond INnovation Center, 5209 Hohman Ave., is hosting a new workshop series for small business owners. The Smart Start Workshop is an early morning workshop, held in partnership with the Northwest Indiana Small Business Development Center, that helps entrepreneurs get a head start on their business.

The workshops will begin with the two-part series, “Jump-Start Your Business with Intellectual Property,” presented by Cook Alex Intellectual Property Law.

Thursday, January 21 – Copyright and Trademark for Small Business: Learn about how these aspects of intellectual property law apply to your business, what is and is not covered both locally and internationally and the best ways to protect your intellectual property.

Feb: 18 – Patents for Beginners: This dedicated workshop will cover what you need to file a patent, when to move on a patent, how patents protect your invention and where to get help.

Cost is $20 per session. The workshops start at 7:30 a.m. and a breakfast will be included. Reservations and payment are required by 3 p.m. the previous day. To reserve a spot, call (219) 750-1200 or e-mail Reservations can also be made online by visiting, clicking on calendars, workshop, the event and following the link.