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Business Growth Summit slated Nov. 20

A Business Growth Summit will be held Nov. 20 at the Microsoft Executive Briefing Center on the Microsoft campus in Fargo. The event, organized by the Dakota Manufacturing Extension Partnership, will focus on helping existing companies with their commitment to innovation.

“We’ve noted how important continuous improvement, innovation and people development are to overall company performance,” said Randy Schwartz, CEO of Dakota MEP. “Unfortunately innovation has become a ‘buzz’ word. Our objectives at this event are to help companies learn more about the power of innovation and how to put it to work — via new customers, markets, processes, products or services.”

“This event is a great opportunity to connect with innovative business executives and others with a stake in building our economy from across the state,” North Dakota Commerce Commissioner Al Anderson said. “A key to future success in North Dakota is fueling innovation with our existing companies to help them grow the businesses of tomorrow.”

The one-day conference will feature Robert B. Tucker, president and founder of The Innovation Resource. Tucker has been a consultant and keynote speaker for 25 years. He has published numerous books on innovation, has appeared on ABC, NBC, PBS and was a featured guest on the CNBC series “The Business of Innovation.” His clients include more than 200 of the Fortune 500 and his team has worked in over 45 countries helping business and government leaders make innovation central to their future.

A panel discussion during the conference will feature best practices from leaders of area companies including Spectrum Aeromed, John Deere Electronic Solutions, Energy & Environmental Research Center, Intelligent InSites and WCCO Belting.

The conference is hosted by Microsoft, the North Dakota Department of Commerce and Dakota MEP. For additional information, to register or to help sponsor the conference, visit: www.InnovationDakota. com.