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CNMI SBDC Network reveals its first Speaker Profile in its Presenter Series leading to the 2024 Friends of Business Summit: CyberTech Edition


Wednesday, March 6, 2024

CNMI SBDC Network reveals its first Speaker Profile in its Presenter Series leading to the 2024 Friends of Business Summit: CyberTech Edition

(Saipan, CNMI) The CNMI Small Business Development Center Network is excited to share its release of announcing the first of its many speakers who will be gracing our business, education and senior leadership communities alike at the highly anticipated 2024 Friends of Business Summit: CyberTech Edition event happening Thursday, April 4, 2024 at the Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan. The summit promises a day of tech innovation, insightful presentations, and networking opportunities for businesses and government agencies across the Commonwealth.

Joshua Cook, Owner of Pacific Pact, will discuss how technology can make or break an organization in the first of its morning breakout sessions through a presentation titled “Innovate or Die: Utilizing Information Technology to Improve Modern Day Workflow Strategies.” 

About the Breakout Session:

It’s difficult to change with technology when it can cause chaos or waste time. In this session, participants will be taken on an exploratory journey on big misunderstandings and misconceptions about technology, especially software changes. Our esteemed presenter will dive into knowing how to decipher an organization’s needs and help confidently plan next steps to evolve with technology. 

Additionally, make your organization’s technology shift bulletproof by learning:

  • How to prepare at the management level
  • Choosing the right software
  • Good vs. Great project management
  • Preparing the team
  • Supporting the changes

By the end of this session, attendees will be better equipped with knowledge related to measuring technology ROI while sitting through information-sharing on hardships and triumphs experienced from CNMI’s enterprise software projects – what worked and what didn’t; but most importantly, why? 

This session is ideal for businesses or organizations who are looking to transition or upgrade from their current software or enterprise systems to an alternative solution or, for anyone interested in learning more on how to best manage and utilize technology through taking a closer look at their team’s needs, capacity, and gaps within their business or organization.

About our Presenter:

Joshua Cook is a husband, father and businessman with a personal mission to significantly change lives through the use of technology and strategic implementation methods. With over twelve years of experience in the tech space, and thirteen in project management experience with international and remote teams, Cook has successfully built two businesses while continuing to procure existing ones. Cook merges them with his portfolio or scales them by integrating new technology. He is currently helping the CNMI government and private businesses solve large problems with process improvement, technology solutions and change management. Fun fact: Cook helped preserve a National Monument through a Presidential Proclamation.

About the CyberTech Summit:

The 2024 Friends of Business Summit: Cybertech Edition is an SBDC signature event that aims to bring together the private and public sectors across the Commonwealth. This year, the SBDC is taking the Summit on a tech space journey through exploring the latest technological advances that can propel leaders in business, education and central government into the digital age. This training opportunity and tradeshow event will be open to all current and future SBDC clients at no-cost; however, pre-registration will be required. Due to limited seating, clients who do not have a confirmed reservation will not be admitted.

Join us as we offer training opportunities where areas in Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, smartphone usage, technological advancement in the workplace and education, and implementation of technological systems in governmental operations will be topics of discussion lead by both local and national industry experts.

Key Highlights:

1. Innovative Presentations: Throughout the course of the day, Industry experts and thought leaders will share insights into the latest technological trends and offer solutions on how businesses can leverage them for their growth and efficiency. 

2. Trade Show: A vibrant trade show will be a central part of the Summit, featuring tech businesses showcasing their cutting-edge products and services, providing a unique opportunity for the community to interact directly with tech innovators and explore firsthand, solutions that will be made available to them and how best they can be implemented to support business needs.

3. Networking Opportunities: The Summit will foster networking opportunities, allowing attendees to connect with fellow professionals, government representatives, and tech industry leaders, building connections crucial for fostering collaboration and driving innovation.

“We are excited to bring the 2024 Friends of Business Summit: Cybertech Edition to the CNMI’s business and education communities,” said Nadine C. Deleon Guerrero, Network Director of the CNMI Small Business Development Center Network. “This event was designed to empower businesses with the market, knowledge and resources they need to thrive in the digital era. We are grateful for the collaboration with our industry experts and the NMC’s Office of Information Technology. We look forward to a day of learning, networking, and exploring the exciting possibilities that technology offers as we move into the age of digital transformation.”

Attendance to the 2024 Friends of Business Summit: Cybertech Edition comes at no cost, but registration is required. To register, please call the CNMI SBDC Network Lead Center Office at (670) 237-6888 or email To stay updated with your local SBDC, visit @cnmisbdc on Instagram or follow us on FaceBook: Registration will close on Wednesday, March 27, 2024.  

The CNMI SBDC Network promotes a business-friendly economic infrastructure in the community, builds entrepreneurial capacity and financial literacy within that community, and provides current and nascent small businesses with the technical assistance, counseling, training, and support they need to innovate, adapt, and grow. 

The CNMI Small Business Development Center Network (CNMI SBDC) Network comprises the CNMI SBDC lead center located in Saipan, the Rota SBDC, and Tinian SBDC. CNMI SBDC Network is partially funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Northern Marianas College. All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Requests for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Language assistance services are available for limited English proficient individuals with at least two weeks advance notice. For arrangements, please contact your local SBDC at P.O.Box 501250 Saipan, MP 96950, Tel: (670) 237-6888, or email Services are extended to the public on a non-disciplinary basis.

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