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    Duquesne’s PA Business Tech Conference Helps Companies Grow Through Technology

    Duquesne University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will present the eighth annual Pennsylvania Business Technology Conference on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Power Center ballroom.

    The aim of the conference is to help businesses increase their profitability and competiveness by equipping them with the information they need to make smart technology decisions. It also helps them to discover ways to utilize technology in order to enhance profitability, productivity and market adaptability.

    "Small business owners use technology every day," said Christine Hughes, training manager with the SBDC. "But are they using it effectively to create profits, increase sales and remain competitive? This conference updates them on today's tools and strategies and offers them hands-on experience."

    This year's conference will feature breakout-session workshops designed to provide information on utilizing the latest in technology, including:

    • E-Commerce
    • Social media
    • E-Mail
    • Marketing with technology
    • Software
    • Search engine optimization.

    David Bishop, a MAYA Fellow in Human Sciences and a senior designer and researcher, will be the luncheon speaker. In his presentation, The Future of Technology: Trillions of Devices all Talking to Each Other, Bishop will address technology trends for 2014 and beyond, including new products and gadgets, crowd sourcing and the latest competitive threats for small business owners.

    In addition, the conference will include a Technology Showcase that will enable attendees to experience the latest business-building tools from leading technology and software providers.

    The cost to attend the conference is $119, which includes breakfast, the luncheon presentation, breakout sessions and the Technology Showcase.

    For more information or to register, contact Christine Hughes at hughesc@duq.edu or 412.396.1631.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in 10 schools of study for 10,000-plus graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.