A conference about attracting business to your downtown held in a new beautiful, thriving downtown each year with conference sessions held directly in the local businesses that help communities thrive.

Register for CEC Octoberfest

To ensure the safety of all, we have adopted a new approach in 2021. 


This year we will be featuring best entrepreneurial practices across the state in a month long, lunch and learn webinar series held on Tuesday and Thursday throughout October  2021. We invite you to register for our Octoberfest Lunch and Learn series where you can learn about successes and challenges in entrepreneurial Resilience, Recovery, and Reconnection. Pick your lunch adventure- attend one, two, five, or all of the sessions. It’s up to you! Cost is only $20 for all eight sessions.  For more information about this year's program go to:

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Register for CEC Octoberfest




CEC LogoThe Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) is a community development program designed for stake-holders, economic developers, businesses, local government, educators, and non-profits to create a network that increases a community’s potential for entrepreneurship. The program culminates in an annual  conference held every October in towns across Michigan where participants attend to share ideas and learn best practices.  

Join other like-minded community leaders to learn exciting concepts and resources, and share best practices and fresh ideas to empower yourself and others to grow your local communities.

With breakout sessions embedded in shops and businesses throughout the downtown, the conference offers the unique opportunity to learn about and experience an entrepreneurial community.

We encourage you to invite your colleagues, co-workers, community leaders, entrepreneurs and stakeholders. Whether you work in economic development, business, arts and culture, government, philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, or education, you have an important part to play in supporting local businesses and entrepreneurial development in communities. There is something for everyone!


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