Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities conference comes to Houghton-Hancock in 2015

Statewide conference moves around each year to new locations.

The Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities conference is designed to share best practices on how to attract and grow entrepreneurs with community teams from around the state of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Northern Minnesota. The conference is Oct. 7 and 8, 2015, in Houghton and Hancock, Mich. Registration is now open, and you can learn more from the conference website.

The Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) conference was created in Michigan about 8 years ago. This conference was launched to help educate communities and their community leaders on the tools and resources available to help entrepreneurs grow in their communities. This year there are over 25 educational breakout sessions including The Entrepreneurial Mindset, Placemaking, Developing Community Youth Entrepreneurship Programs, Sense of Place and many other programs to learn from.

The unique structure of this conference creates excitement in the local business district. The breakout sessions are embedded in shops and venues throughout the downtown area providing an opportunity to learn about and experience an entrepreneurial community.

Two successful entrepreneurs are delivering the two keynote addresses: Dick Gray, co-owner of Keweenaw Brewing Company is the conference opening keynote speaker, and Bob Jacquart, CEO of Jacquart Fabric Products, manufacturer of the Stormy Kromer hats, will deliver the closing session keynote address. Karl Bohnak will deliver the welcome address to open the conference.  

The audience for this conference includes representatives from various community organizations (business, education, government, chamber, service, economic developers, etc.) that have an interest in learning how to make their community more favorable to entrepreneurial growth.

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