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"Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.” 

What is the Rural and Independent Innovators Conference?
RIIC is a day long conference designed to help entrepreneurs and innovators start and grow their business, and turn their ideas into reality.


Who should attend RIIC?
Anyone who wants help with their business or idea. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in business for 20 years or if you haven’t started yet, we can guarantee you will get something out of this event.

Why should I attend?
We will have experts from across the state who can help entrepreneurs in all stages of starting and growing a business. Topics covered include patents, trademarks, government contracting, exporting, and raising funds – including grants. You will also get the opportunity to hear from real entrepreneurs about their journey to starting their business and what they overcame to get to where they are now.

What will I get out of attending RIIC?
Everyone who attends RIIC not only gets the chance to meet and chat with these amazing resources and business owners in-person, but they will also get a packet filled with one-page summaries on each topic that is discussed as well as a list of additional resource contacts, so they can take that information home with them and have it on hand whenever they need it.

What does it cost to attend RIIC?
The cost of attendance is $35. This includes lunch and snacks for both days.

How do I register for RIIC?
To register for this event, please reach out to our office at 620-235-4933 or email us at For updates about RIIC, follow us on Facebook @pittstateksbdc

Are there any sponsorship opportunities or ways for businesses to get involved?
We are accepting sponsors for RIIC. If you or your organization are interested in being a part of RIIC or would like to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities, please contact our Assistant Director, Dacia Clark at 620-235-4933.


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