Attend the Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Octoberfest Lunch and Learn Series

Learn about successes and challenges in entrepreneurial resilience, recovery and reconnection at the Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Octoberfest conference, Oct. 5-28, 2021.

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What is the Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Octoberfest?

Join other like-minded community leaders to learn exciting concepts and fresh ideas to refocus and connect your local communities at this fall Octoberfest. This virtual gathering of Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) will be a one-of-a-kind conference offering presentations on a wide variety of topics from microbusiness loans, geofencing, food systems, building strong tribal nations, engagement and the intersection of design and crime prevention.

The 2021 CEC Octoberfest conference will be a lunch and learn series held every Tuesday and Thursday in October from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CEC Octoberfest will include eight breakout sessions. Attendees can join one or all for one low price of $20.

This national award-winning program is open to all and geared toward community development professionals, chamber of commerce staff, DDAs, planners, Main Street, government, education, and those with an interest in supporting entrepreneurial communities.

To learn more about this upcoming program, visit the CEC webpage, follow us on Facebook or contact a team member.

Register for the 2021 CEC Octoberfest.

Why attend a CEC Conference?

Michigan State University Extension has been involved in helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses for many years. The CEC program was launched in 2012 reaching almost 1,000 attendees across the state and beyond. Prior conference evaluations confirm the value of this educational experience. Attendees reported: 

  • They would implement something they learned.
  • The educational sessions were engaging.
  • They have increased their knowledge about entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  • The content presented is replicable in their community.
  • New connections at CEC can help them bring these practices to my community.
  • The conference was a good value.

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