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Regenerate Conference Developed for Business Growth and Technology Education

Adrian, MI, October 06, 2010 --( Is your business ready to regenerate and grow - even in today's economy? The premiere event of Regenerate Business & Technology Conference is on track to help local businesses owners and entrepreneurs take their business to new levels. Regenerate is a joint development of the Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce, the LISD Tech Center and JCC @ LISD Tech Center, bringing business expertise, educational opportunities, and networking growth together for a full day of activities on Saturday, October 16, 2010.

"Five months ago, interested members sat down in the chamber's board room with a blank sheet of paper and built this event from scratch," said Ann Hughes, President and CEO of the Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce.

After tabulating a member survey and brainstorming possible workshops and speakers, committee members teamed up to plan the event, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the campuses of the LISD Tech Center and JCC @ LISD Tech, located at 1372 North Main Street, Adrian, MI 49221.

"Our mission is to strengthen the local economy," explained Hughes. "We strive to invigorate the economic engines in our area through increasing entrepreneurial opportunities, increased utilization of effective technologies and innovative solutions."

The mission of Regenerate is "To enable businesses to reduce costs and operate more efficiently through the effective use of technology, and we see this as supporting the Chamber’s mission.” Workshop topics offered during the event will focus on using technology to streamline operations, maximize employee efforts, and find ways to reach new customers.

The Adrian Chamber sees this as a stepping-stone to further focus efforts on technology education and business growth within the community. A number of technology-related initiatives will be introduced by the Chamber in the coming year.

The combined effort between the two educational entities and the Chamber of Commerce prove the commitment to grow local business, while at the same time retain highly qualified college graduates within the community. "These college students have the knowledge and technological skills that are vital for succeeding in today's economy," said Hughes. "We hope that our business owners will see the value in meeting the technological advancements necessary to sustain and grow their business, while at the same time, encourage these graduates to remain in and contribute to our community."

The conference will feature two guest speakers, specialized workshops presented twice during the day, and a variety of exhibitors, representing the latest in technology-related products and services. A business resource center and a staffed computer lab enhance the day, allowing attendees time for business counseling and practicing what they learn at the computer lab.

Students and businesses are contributing to the success of this conference. Students learning the field of audio/visual production and local businesses that provide video services will record the guest speakers and workshops, to be available for purchase after the event at through the Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce.

Advanced registration of the $20 attendance fee can be made at the Adrian Chamber office by calling 517-265-2320. College students may attend free with their student I.D. Further details of the conference, along with a listing of guest speakers and workshop topics, can be found at

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Adrian Area Chamber of Commerce
Ann Hughes

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