Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference 2013

Date: October 3, 2013 - October 4, 2013
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Location: Franke Center for the Arts, 214 E. Mansion St., Marshall, MI 49068
Contact: Diane Smith, 616-527-5357,

Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities graphicRegistration

To register for this event, please visit the event page on the Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce website.


A statewide gathering of community movers, organizations, and businesses focused on growing and sustaining entrepreneurial cities, towns, and regions that attract youthful talent and ideas in and of Michigan.  Conference objectives are to:

  • Generate excitement about the role of entrepreneurs in growing resilient communities
  • Share innovative resources, information, and tools 
  • Strengthen regional capacity and support for entrepreneurs
  • Build clusters of communities that are passionate about entrepreneurship and prepared to act

The event begins with a keynote speaker at the Franke Center for the Arts in Marshall, Mich., with breakout sessions being held throughout the downtown area. Breakout sessions will be offered in the following themes and related tracks:

Session Details

Download the breakdown of all breakout sessions for more details on each session.

Available Tracks

Hands On: Tools and Resources for Community Enterprises To Boost Entrepreneurs

Shades of Green

  • Fostering Resilient Entrepreneurial Communities Track
  • Ecology and Entrepreneurism for Economic Vitality Track

 Face Time: Developing Entrepreneurs

  • Stuff that Works Track
  • Youth Track

Jumping Fences

  • Shaping Policies and Communities for Greater Investment Track
  • Community Best Practices Track

Got Culture?: Places that Value the Entrepreneurial Spirit

  • Culture and the Arts Track
  • Place and Tourism Track

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