Deb Eslinger helping an atendee.

Center for Technology & Business (CTB) is a non-profit organization which operates the ND Women's Business Center. One of the main focus areas of the center is to provide relevant training, develop programs, and facilitate events to support women's business development. October is nationally recognized for National Women's Business Month and we are super excited to host the 2nd Annual CTB Women's Business Summit being held at the Bismarck Civic Center, October 14th-15th.

The Summit brings together women from across the state(and a few surrounding states) for an intense two-day agenda filled with 30 breakout sessions focused on personal,

professional and business growth, a trade show, keynote address, breakfast with a dynamite entrepreneurship panel,

social/reception, and of course fun!

The Summit has so much to offer those looking to sharpen their skill sets or needing assistance on starting or growing a business all while meeting some great women from all over. Here are what a few of the attendees said from last year's summit:

* "I attended the Women in Business Summit in Bismarck and through networking, was introduced to a business coach. I started working with her in November and by the end of 2012, I had my business idea solidified."

* "I am looking forward to next year already!! What a wonderful opportunity for business women in North Dakota."

* "I liked the tech stuff -- apps that help, blogging, social media, etc. Very helpful."

By listening to the women who attended last year and any of our events throughout the year we have created an agenda that in my opinion will blow your pretty socks off  We put together 5 tracks of training to include 30 breakout sessions to include topics ranging from starting a business, HR discussions, leadership development, developing a functional board, blogging, social media, branding, doing business with the state and federal governments, learning about the 5 dysfunction's of a team and several more.

Sweetening the draw, this year's keynote speaker is sure to attract a wide crowd. Julie Aigner Clark is a full-time mom and former teacher, best known for founding The Baby Einstein Company, a start-up business that was born in her basement and became an internationally acclaimed, multimillion-dollar company in less than five years. Julie didn't set out to be an entrepreneur; she just wanted to make the world a happier place! I think many women can relate to this desire and will appreciate Julie's message about following your passion.

So, whether a professional in the workplace, a business owner, or simply a woman aspiring to improve herself, participants will find many ways to be engaged. Our goal is to have everyone walk away feeling not only inspired but ready to take action by implementing what they have learned. And we feel that the Women's Business Summit is the perfect venue to help start the process.

Register for the CTB Women's Business Summit at or call 701-223-0707 by October 9th. Learn more about CTB by visiting our website at