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09-30-2011

Last Chance to Register for Tuesday's Forever Wired Conference Hosted by Clarkson University

Entrepreneurship, micro-financing, and mobile computing among topics to be discussed

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Clarkson University is taking final registrations at http://www.clarkson.edu/adk for the third annual Forever Wired Conference to be held on Tuesday, October 4, on campus.

Adirondack Initiative logo of bear fishing from a dock while using cell phoneThe conference opens with a noon networking luncheon in the CAMP building atrium with keynote speaker Bob Kerr, CEO of SwishData Corporation.

This high-tech entrepreneur, who built his company in "the cloud" with staff from all over world, will focus on how he uses teleworking tools. He'll be joined via Skype by company CFO John Zandowski live from the Silicon Valley.

The luncheon will be followed by discussion panels on telecommuting; rural entrepreneurship; micro-financing; government, industry, higher education collaboration; and mobile computing.

Entrepreneurship centers from across the Northeast and other rural communities plan to join many of the sessions this year, creating the best in education, information and new idea exchanges for telecommuters, government representatives and small businesses.
Speakers and facilitators include Joshua Ball, manager of Kentucky Teleworks; New York State Senator Betty Little; Leigh Rodriguez, business development specialist, St. Lawrence County Industrial Development Agency; Jim Murphy, executive director, Adirondack Economic Development Corporation; and Bruce Kingma, associate provost, entrepreneurship and innovation, Syracuse University.
The conference will offer a variety of sessions geared toward assisting small business owners and teleworkers in rural communities. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss responsible and sustainable economic growth in the Adirondack region, and address the resources available to assist entrepreneurs in overcoming challenges.

Free one-on-one consultations with experts from Clarkson University’s Shipley Center for Innovation and Reh Center for Entrepreneurship and the Small Business Development Center at SUNY Canton will also be available upon request, as well as networking with rural sector experts from around the east coast, who are helping with the sessions.

Last year’s conference drew more than 250 participants from across New York State and included many seasonal residents of the Adirondack Park, as well.

The conference is a central component of the Adirondack Initiative for Wired Work, which is championed by a team of regional leaders and energized professionals dedicated toward creation of a sustainable economy in the greater Adirondack North Country. Through their activities, the Adirondack Initiative encourages telework, green-tech commerce and entrepreneurship from home offices and businesses with minimal impact on the natural environment.
Registration is only $25 and includes lunch. All registration fees will be donated to an entrepreneur scholarship fund.
For more information on the Adirondack Initiative for Wired Work, or to register for the Forever Wired Conference, go to http://www.clarkson.edu/adk, e-mail foreverwired@clarkson.edu or call 315-268-4483.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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