Senator Mike Enzi brought his annual Inventors Conference to Sheridan Saturday.
The conference brings in experienced speakers to discuss the steps required for turning an idea into a patented product.
So far in its ten year run the conference seems to have had an effect.
"I think we've had about 200 patents come out of this so far," said Enzi.
"I came to the original Inventors Conference ten years ago in Gillette and I was inspired by some of the people I saw speak," said inventor Mike Cooper.
Cooper owns Mike's Maintenance in Sheridan and brought his 'Kwik Clip' to the conference.
"It holds tools on your belt, like a tape measure or a phone. Being a carpenter in drywall, I spent a lot of years with a tape measure in my hand and on my belt and always needed one. And it either falls off of your belt or your pants or it ruins your pants," said Cooper.
Cooper keeps coming to the conference because he believes he might learn something new from one of the many scheduled speakers.
"You can get information about patents, about marketing, about all kinds of different topics," said Cooper.
"It shows how to do everything from how to invent, to check and see if there's anybody else that's done it, how to get money to do it and how to market it," said Enzi."
This marked the first time Enzi's office has taken the conference to Sheridan.