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Fuentek President to Serve on North Carolina Governor’s Conference for Women Panel

Laura A. Schoppe to Discuss How She Built a Multimillion Dollar Business

Apex, NC, November 05, 2010 --( Fuentek, LLC ( has announced that President Laura A. Schoppe will be a panelist for the “How N.C. Women Just Like You Built Multimillion-Dollar Businesses” panel at the North Carolina Governor’s Conference for Women on Tuesday, Nov. 9 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center. The conference will feature a variety of panels, including the road to technological success, living sustainably, the legacy of advocacy and helping girls find their political voice.

The North Carolina Governor’s Conference for Women is an annual meeting of more than 1,500 women from across the state to engage in dialogue on a variety of issues. Launched in 2006, the daylong conference includes dynamic speakers, entertainment and an interactive expo to encourage networking, information sharing and education. The Conference’s mission is to provide a platform for women of all ages and backgrounds across the state to network and become informed on timely issues that are of value to today’s women.

“I am pleased to have been invited to serve on this panel and share what I have learned in the process of building my own business,” said Schoppe. “This panel features an excellent group of women, and I hope our insights and discussions will be beneficial and inspiring for conference attendees.”

- Other confirmed panelists for the event include Jill Marcus, owner of Something Classic, and Lisa Pineiro, president and founder of Technical Services Inc.

- Audience experts include Connie Degler, senior vice president and regional private banking manager, Wachovia; Patricia Hanes, the regional director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency Southeast Region; and Andrea Harris, president and co-founder, NC Institute of Minority Economic Development.

- The panel will be moderated by Mary Cantando, president of

- Schoppe has more than 15 years of experience in intellectual property management and an additional decade in advanced research for surface ship and submarine sonar systems. She has engineering degrees from Princeton and Carnegie-Mellon universities and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

- For more information about the NC Governor’s Conference for Women, visit

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Fuentek, LLC is a consulting firm that provides intellectual property and technology management services. With a specialization in technology commercialization, Fuentek works with a wide variety of clients to identify promising technologies and assist them in converting their ideas and inventions into marketable products. Drawing upon its unique combination of technical, business and commercialization expertise, the firm is the largest NASA contractor in North Carolina and has helped organizations around the world find the technology they need. Led by Laura A. Schoppe, a 2008 recipient of the prestigious Triangle Business Journal Women In Business award, Fuentek also offers training workshops, guidebooks and Web sites to help clients improve effectiveness in managing their intellectual property. has recognized Fuentek as a top women-owned, diversity-owned and small business in North Carolina for the past five consecutive years. The firm has received numerous awards for its work, including an entrepreneurial Pinnacle Business Award from the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce. Fuentek was most recently named a finalist in the NCTA 21 awards in the category of most innovative technology company. For more information, please call (919) 249-0327 or visit Fuentek’s website at

About Laura A. Schoppe:
Laura A. Schoppe is president of Fuentek, LLC, a consulting firm she established in 2001 that provides intellectual property and technology management services with a specialization in technology commercialization. In her role as president, Laura is responsible for managing relationships as well as establishing strategic client plans and conducting training workshops for clients. She has an extensive background in all aspects of intellectual property management, particularly leading license negotiation activities from transition innovations to new products. She has led major technology transfer projects at leading universities and government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies have sought her advice on strategic planning related to their intellectual assets. Prior to establishing Fuentek, Laura spearheaded successful research for several defense contractors. Laura has been selected to speak at several national and international conferences and has published many papers and book chapters. In 2008 Laura was recognized as one of the Triangle’s top 25 businesswomen with Triangle Business Journal’s prestigious Women in Business Award for her exemplary leadership skills in the innovation category.

Brittney Storm
MMI Public Relations
(919) 233-6600

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