Online registration is now open for the ninth Executive Briefing Conference (EBC) hosted by Stiles Education, a division of Stiles Machinery Inc. The EBC will be held April 10-12, at the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, MN.

Given the setting at 3M's Innovation Center, the theme of the 2011 EBC will focus on innovation. John Brandt will deliver the opening keynote address, which will provide recommendations to prepare for “Next Generation Manufacturing”, based on an extensive research study conducted by his firm the MPI Group. By popular request, Alan Beaulieu will be the closing keynote speaker and will provide insights on the latest economic trends.

Other briefing topics include innovative strategies in areas such as research, product development, technology and niche markets. Once again, the EBC will feature case studies to highlight key innovations across the country. Since inception in 2002, the consistent theme of the EBC has been to answer the questions: “What’s Now, What’s New and What’s Next?”

Online registration for the EBC can be accessed via . There is an "early bird" conference rate of $995, which includes hotel accommodations at the Sheraton St. Paul Woodbury for two nights, all meals, admission to the briefing sessions, as well as tours of 3M’s World of Innovation and its Center for Abrasive Materials (CAM). After Dec. 31, the conference rate increases to $1,195.

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