Fargodome to be home for '10 Marketplace

Marketplace of Ideas is returning to Fargo next fall. The annual event is Sept.

Marketplace of Ideas is returning to Fargo next fall.

The annual event is Sept. 27-28 at the Fargodome.

"We're excited about coming back to Fargo," Shirley Dykshoorn, president of the nonprofit Marketplace, said at a news conference Tuesday in Fargo.

More than 5,000 people are expected to attend.

The event, formerly known as Marketplace for Entrepreneurs, was last held in Fargo in 2007.


The new name better reflects the scope and activities of the event, Dykshoorn said.

In another change, the event, traditionally held in the winter, is being held in the fall.

"We hope for a little better attendance in the fall," Dykshoorn said.

Marketplace of Ideas, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, is North Dakota's largest and longest-running entrepreneurial and economic development showcase and forum.

The 2010 event in Fargo will offer training workshops and exhibits designed to help people develop and grow their businesses.

Something new is the Marketplace FoodWorks Showcase and Contest, which will offer contestants an opportunity to showcase new food and beverage products, compete for prize money and conduct market research.

Robert Heitkamp, a Mantador, N.D., inventor and businessman, spoke at the news conference in Fargo.

His invention, known as Site Saver, took first place in the 2009 Marketplace for Entrepreneurs Invention Showcase and Contest in January in Bismarck.


His plastic hand apparatus secures intravenous IVs in place and prevents them from being pulled out accidentally.

Heitkamp said Marketplace provided him with expertise and contacts to help develop and market his creation, which now is being tested by hospitals and other medical organizations.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Jonathan Knutson at (701) 241-5530

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