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“Your Business Image” is the theme for the 2014 Pride of Dakota annual meeting Thursday and Friday at the Ramada Bismarck Hotel, 1400 E. Interchange Ave., Bismarck.

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“This year’s meeting will focus on improving business image through presentation, marketing and customer relations,” said Doug Goehring, North Dakota agriculture commissioner, who will speak at the group’s annual banquet on Thursday. “The meeting also gives member companies an opportunity to network with one another, to develop new business, marketing and entrepreneurial skills and to learn more about the Pride of Dakota program.”

The keynote at the banquet will be leadership speaker and chalk artist Bob Upgren.

The opening session Friday features Deb Eslinger, executive director for the Center for Technology and Business, who will discuss customer service and business relationships.

North Dakota Department of Agriculture staff members Dana Hager and Kelly Wald will update member companies on new Pride of Dakota policies and the new website.

Following a break, participants can choose from a variety of breakout sessions — financial resources, interstate shipping of products, wholesaling, local sourcing, social media and branding. Presenters include representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, North Dakota Department of Agriculture, North Dakota Department of Commerce, North Dakota Highway Patrol, the Small Business Development Center, Maple River Winery and Wild Inspire.

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