Connecting entrepreneurial communities is the main objective of CEC Conference

Assemble your team now for this Port Huron conference.

Michigan State University Extension has been involved in helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses for many years. The Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) program was created by MSU Extension to educate communities on the various tools and resources available to help them help entrepreneurs grow in their communities. 

This state-wide conference moves around each year. Always held in October, the 2016 conference will be headed to Port Huron on Oct. 5-6. Previous conferences have been held in Sturgis, Houghton-Hancock, Petoskey, Marshall and East Tawas.

The objective of the CEC Conference is to empower community teams to be more entrepreneur-friendly and provide tips, tools, best practices and success stories to support entrepreneurial growth in their community.

The 2016 conference will feature three keynote speakers and a record-breaking 26 breakout sessions to choose from. With sessions embedded in shops and venues throughout the downtown, the conference offers the unique opportunity to not only learn about, but experience an entrepreneurial community. Plus, these venues are great networking opportunities for sharing best practices and learning what other communities are doing to support entrepreneurs.

For maximum success in implementing the ideas learned at the CEC Conference, communities should select from a variety of organizations to spread the word and mobilize local efforts. The average sized team is three to five people, and representatives can come from business, chambers of commerce, DDAs, Main Street programs, local government, education, economic development organizations, SCORE, SBDC, service clubs, churches and more. Although team attendance is encouraged, one is certainly welcome to attend as an individual.

Join other like-minded community leaders to grow Michigan’s economy through local entrepreneurs. The conference costs only $85 and registration is open! Visit the CEC webpage for more information, and you can check us out on Facebook as well.

The MSU Product Center, in partnership with Michigan State University Extension, provides business counseling for product development, packaging and marketing strategies that will help Michigan entrepreneurs commercialize high-value, consumer–responsive food, value-added agriculture, and natural resource products. For more information, visit the MSU Product Center website or call 517-432-8750.

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