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KAST hosts EXCELerate 2012 Kootenay Business & Innovation Conference

Having listened to the successes, challenges and needs of local businesses, the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology (KAST), The Manufacturing And Technology Sector (MATS) initiative, and Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), bring the EXCELerate 2012 Kootenay Business & Innovation Conference to the Prestige Inn Lakeside Resort Friday, October 26th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Guest speaker is Tod Maffin on "Leading Generation Y: How to Manage, Inspire and Retain Gen-Y Millennials."

Maffin is one of North America’s leading digital communications experts, recognized as a thought-leader in business innovation and strategy, trend-spotting and technological advancement.

In this massively popular presentation, Maffin will share four key ways your organization must change if you want to recruit, engage and retain the fickle, media-savvy, highly-connected and living on the cutting-edge of technology generation referred to as Gen Y, the Facebook Generation, the Millenials or simply 18-32 year olds.

Statistics show that every year thousands of companies launch — but only a small percentage will survive more than two years.

What do the ‘survivors’ and ‘thrivors’ know that those who crash don’t? Bringing over 25 years of diversified and progressive business experience in the technology sector, Scott Armstrong, Director of Venture Development and Corporate Training at BCIT will help your business defy the odds and succeed.

 Additional workshops will cover topics as diverse as access to capital, lean manufacturing, launching start-ups, exporting and building a winning positioning statement.

 If you work for a business, are running a business or are thinking about launching a start-up, the one-day EXCELerate

Kootenay Business and Innovation conference will provide the essentials to accelerate your path to success.

Cost is $60. Register at www.kast.com