Former Program Director of the Minnesota Inventors Congress (MIC), Deb uses her marketing and management experience to educate inventors about how successful inventors develop marketable products. She is known for the passion she expresses when helping aspiring inventors learn how to make important business decisions regarding their new business ventures. 

She has been supporting independent inventors for 35 years. She is a certified trainer, coach and facilitator in fostering the creative and innovative spirit in entrepreneurs. She currently serves as Treasurer for the UIA.

Hess is invited to speak to inventors, students, intellectual property law students, entrepreneurs, manufacturers and others. On an international level, she has served as a juror for World Cup of Computer Implemented Inventions in Taipei, Taiwan and as the US Representative for the Global Sustainability Conference in Bangkok Thailand.

The co-owner of a micro enterprise for over 25 years, Deb is responsible for the marketing and accounting functions of the family business. Having served as an elected official for Redwood County, Minnesota, she is well versed in consensus building skills and public policy.