ASHLAND, WI – The 2014
Lake Superior Business & Technology Conference
, to be held Friday, Aug. 8 at the Wisconsin Indianhead
Technical College in Ashland, will focus on regional economic development through innovation, retention and expansion.

The annual event is
produced by the Lake Superior Chapter of the Wisconsin Innovation Network, with
support from the City of Ashland, the School District of Ashland, and
the Wisconsin Technology Council.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will address conference attendees, made up of
entrepreneurs, investors, economic development partners, and community and
business leaders.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. General
admission is $30, with a reduced student rate available for $10. Register at

The event will feature presentations
from Bob Davies,
UW-Stout professor and national business consultant; Doug Moquin, retired
vice president of Phillips Plastics Corp.; Morna
, president of Wisconsin Technical College System; Jim Hagstrom,
entrepreneur and developer with Blue Wave on the Bay; and Randy Hulke, director
of UW-Stout Discovery Center.

The afternoon will include presentations by the finalists in
the 2014 Business Idea Contest and feedback
from a panel of experienced business professionals, investors and economic developers.
Conference attendees may vote for their favorite presentation. Finalists will
be competing for $6,500 in prize money.

WIN is the statewide membership arm of
the Tech Council, the independent, non-profit science and technology adviser to
the governor and the Legislature. To join WIN, go to or call Maurice Cheeks at 608-442-7557.

The Wisconsin Technology Council is the science and technology advisor to the governor
and Legislature. Launched in 2001, it is an independent, non-profit and
non-partisan board with members from tech companies, venture capital firms, all
levels of education, research institutions, government and law.