FARGO, ND--(Marketwired - Feb 13, 2014) - The Red River Valley Research Corridor, along with the event's co-hosts, U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp and John Hoeven as well as Rep. Kevin Cramer, have rescheduled the Small Business Innovations Summit for March 19, 2014. The event also has a new location -- The Hilton Garden Inn in Fargo. Originally scheduled for Oct. 18, 2013, event organizers have maintained the original vision for the event and will offer an enhanced agenda that features a keynote speaker from Google and a featured presentation from the Chief Counsel for the Small Business Association's (SBA) Office of Advocacy.

Soo Young Kim, senior product marketing manager at Google, will talk about Google's Get Your Business Online initiative. Her expertise lies in creating websites, advertising online and utilizing other online resources, which she believes might be one of the easiest things to do in order to increase sales and grow business. Dr. Winslow Sargeant, chief counsel for the SBA Office of Advocacy, will speak about the importance of innovation, the ever-changing regulatory landscape and the role the Office of Advocacy will play as our country continues to develop and move forward.

"We sincerely thank our co-hosts and attendees for sticking with us as we navigated the process of rescheduling the event," says Ryan Aasheim of the Red River Valley Research Corridor. "The additional time has allowed us to strengthen the agenda and we believe it will be of interest to small businesses that are looking to develop and grow. We anticipate a great turnout and hope small businesses will take advantage of this opportunity."

The theme of the summit is "Where Small Business Meets Big Possibilities" and will focus on addressing the challenges, opportunities and solutions related to small business policy and best practices. Attendees, which will include entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and business owners at every stage of development, will have the opportunity to interact with experts and experienced professionals from business, government, education and training. Additionally, a glimpse of the agenda topics include: navigating health care reform, effective marketing strategy for increased sales, financing and the power of women in small business.

The event is open to the public and the registration fee is $95. Students are able to attend free of charge. Exhibitor space and sponsorship opportunities that offer varying degrees of exposure are also available at three levels:

  • Exhibitor only: $500
  • Supporter Sponsorship: $3,000
  • Partner Sponsorship: $5,000

All exhibitor and sponsorship levels offer varying degrees of exposure, including acknowledgement in advertising and summit materials; promotional opportunities at the summit; and an exhibit booth. More information about the sponsorships is available at www.theresearchcorridor.com/sbsummit.

People who had signed up for the initial Small Business and Innovations summit and previous sponsor registrations are guaranteed attendance for the March event. Their registrations and payments will transfer to the new date. To register or view more information about the summit, visit the Red River Valley Research Corridor website at www.theresearchcorridor.com/sbsummit.

About the Red River Valley Research Corridor
The Red River Valley Research Corridor is a non-profit corporation in North Dakota. It is committed to catalyzing and promoting science, technology, training and engineering initiatives that create new economic opportunities in the Upper Great Plains region.

Contact Information:

Sadie Rudolph
Flint Communications
Office: (701) 499-2145
Cell: (701) 730-2425