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Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan to host CNMI SBDC’s 2024 Friends of Business Summit Cybertech Edition

(CNMI SBDC) — The excitement continues to build for the 2024 Friends of Business Summit Cybertech Edition as the CNMI Small Business Development Center Network announces Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan as the prestigious venue for this groundbreaking event. The summit is scheduled to take place on April 4, 2024, promising a day of tech innovation,  insightful presentations, and networking opportunities for businesses and government agencies across the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Building upon the success of the previous announcement, where the CNMI Small Business Development Center Network revealed the collaboration with Northern Marianas College’s Office of Information Technology, the choice of Crowne Plaza Resort Saipan as the venue adds an extra layer of excitement and prestige to the Cybertech Edition of the Friends of Business Summit.

The 2024 Friends of Business Summit: Cybertech Edition event aims to bring together the private and public sectors in the tech space from across the Commonwealth to explore the latest technological advances that can propel leaders in business, education and our 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.

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 led by local and national industry experts.

Key highlights

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 CNMl’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 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,  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 go to

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 SBDC Network comprises the CNMI SBDC lead center on Saipan, the Rota SBDC, and Tinian SBDC. The CNMI SBDC Network is partially funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Northern Marianas College.


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