I have been developing a product over the last couple of years and I think I am about ready to try and see if a company would be interested in it. So far I have a patent, some early prototypes and renderings, concept packaging ideas, I have received quotes from some manufacturers on mold and unit prices, and am working on a business plan. I sometimes think about producing it myself except that I have no money for the tooling or start up costs. I also know I could try to find an investor, and that might be a possibility, but I am not sure I am ready to be entrepreneur. I really want to get my product into the marketplace though and am hoping someone has some advice or personal experience. I would appreciate any help you guys have.
So what do think is the best way to contact a company in order to try and get your product licensed? Is it good to email a few companies that I think would be a good fit for my product and tell them about the idea and show them renderings or is a phone call better? I could also show them the patent on my product or give them the patent number but I am not sure that if it would be wise to disclose everything in an email or through a phone conversation? I just want to make a good impression and see if they would be interested in discussing it further in person. Lastly, who is the best person in a company to contact (owner, designer, manager, etc.)?