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Thinktec Innovation Summit || 2.11.2009

9th Annual ThinkTEC Innovation Summit
Creativity: The Root of Innovation

February 11, 2009
The College Center in the Complex for Economic Development
Trident Technical College

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In its ninth year, The ThinkTEC innovation Summit will focus on the viable relationship between business and creativity. Creativity establishes the landscape in which businesses can operate and flourish in the Charleston region. The Summit is not about art, but about the commerce stimulating innovation and business growth. A creative-minded region fosters economic development. A tangible creative environment creates a foundation for attracting and retaining businesses.
Highlights of the ThinkTEC Innovation Summit include

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An update on why the creative cluster was included in the Angelou Economics Report by Amy Holloway. Now a private consultant, Amy will speak on the progress of this cluster , strategies for improvement and an overview of what is happening nationally.
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Gordon Know of the Stanford Humanities lab will discuss how commerce profits can be created when a match between art and business occurs.
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Rick Throckmorton will close the event with a discussion on the future and creativity.
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Breakout sessions on a myriad of topics including: local resources for creativity/business help, South Carolina’s publishing industry, the restoration economy, South Carolina’s film and media industry, cultivating a creative workforce, the path from idea to commerce, what’s happening in the regions’ creative cluster, and creative business strategies in tough economic times.
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An exhibition hall featuring knowledge-based companies in the region as well as local artisans demonstrating their craft.
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A culinary showcase featuring an interactive display of the local world-class talent who have turned the region into an exciting culinary destination.
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The announcement of the 4th Annual New Ideas for a New Carolina Business Idea Contest.
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The 2009 ThinkTEC award recipient will be honored.
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Special recognition of the three local collegiate finalist teams of the Juicy Ideas Contest, sponsored by Google.

The event attracts all business professionals. The audience will leave the conference with a better understanding of how creativity is vital to growing business, how to infuse creativity into their own businesses, how creative environments help fuel innovation and how stellar regions possess a viable business/creativity balance.

Exhibit space is available. Contact Jill Galmarini at 843.805.3015 for more information.

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