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Inventors Fair in Pike County offers platform for economic development

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Article by Quincy Herald-Whig

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Gina Sheurman looks at Saturday's Inventor and Product Fair as a way to bring information and resources together for the eventual betterment of the region.

"The event has been developed to provide local inventors and entrepreneurs with an opportunity to access technical assistance and exposure for products," said Sheurman, who is the executive director for the Pike County Economic Development Corp.

There will be information available about patents and licensing, marketing, venture capital, business planning, financing, and state and federal funding programs.

The fair will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the John Wood Community College Pittsfield Education Center, 1308 W. Washington. JWCC and the Pike County Economic Development Corp. are hosting the second annual fair.

Sheurman said last year's inaugural event drew between 20 to 25 participants, a number she expects to keep growing.

"We hope to develop this into a regional type of event," Sheurman said. "I think everyone involved last year walked away with valuable information.

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