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Fuentek Selected as a Finalist for the Business North Carolina Small Business of the Year Award

Technology Transfer Consulting Firm Recognized for Making Significant Contributions to Local Economy.

Apex, NC, December 12, 2012 --( Laura A. Schoppe, president of Fuentek, LLC (, a local consulting firm that provides intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer services, has announced that the company was selected as a finalist for the 2012 Business North Carolina Small Business of the Year Award. This award honors the contributions small businesses make to North Carolina’s economy and provides an opportunity for small business to gain statewide recognition. Eligible winners are independently owned companies that have been in business more than five years and have fewer than 100 employees, with at least one of the owners active in the company.

Fuentek received the award for bringing national and international attention to North Carolina as a hub for innovation and technology transfer expertise. The company achieved this success through strategic use of social media; contributing extensively to the technology transfer literature; and Schoppe’s volunteer activities related to technology transfer as well as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

Information about the winner and runners up will appear in the December 2012 issue of Business North Carolina. For more information about the Business North Carolina Small Business of the Year Award, visit

“We are honored to be selected as a finalist for the Business North Carolina Small Business of the Year award,” said Schoppe. “The past year has been challenging, so to be recognized for our efforts to push ahead with building our business and contributing to North Carolina’s economy is very satisfying.”

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About Fuentek, LLC:
Fuentek, LLC is a consulting firm that provides intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer services to a wide variety of university, government and corporate clients. Drawing upon its unique combination of technical, business and commercialization expertise, Fuentek identifies clients’ promising technologies and assists them in converting their ideas and inventions into marketable products. Fuentek also has helped organizations around the world find the technology they need through licensing as well as collaborative research and development (R&D) partnerships. Led by President Laura A. Schoppe, Fuentek offers training workshops, webinars, white papers, and a comprehensive blog to help clients and other tech transfer professionals improve effectiveness in managing their IP while functioning as proactive and strategic technology transfer offices (TTOs). Recognized as an industry leader and a top woman- and minority-owned small business in North Carolina, the firm has received numerous awards for its work. Fuentek also has been featured on National Public Radio and in the book The New Small: How a New Breed of Small Businesses is Harnessing the Power of Emerging Technologies. For more information, please visit Fuentek’s website at or call (919) 249-0327.

Erin Smith
MMI Public Relations
(919) 233-6600
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