Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities conferences filling up fast

Sign your community teams up today for the interactive community-based conference.

The Michigan State University Extension Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) conference is being held in two great locations this year. October 7-8, the conference will be held in the Houghton/Hancock community and on October 21-22 in Sturgis.

This year we have over 24 different sessions, covering a variety of subjects, being offered at each location so there is sure to be something for everyone.

The CEC conference is designed to connect community teams from around the state of Michigan and beyond to share best practices, successes and brag a little about their home communities. This interactive conference is hosted in small settings, embedded right into the local merchants and attractions in an entrepreneurial community as opposed to a bland conference room as we often experience.

Each year, the CEC team moves these conferences around the state to allow for attendees to experience the local spirit of fellow communities, while allowing the local host teams to share the uniqueness of their area. From the Birthplace of Professional Hockey to a quiet Speakeasy, you’re sure to have a great experience regardless of the location you attend. However, you have to attend to get it. Registration is open for both conferences.

Michigan State University Extension has had a unique relationship with the regional economic development organization Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) for more than 20 years. Recognizing the strength of combining resources, this partnership focuses on economic development, entrepreneurship growth and community infrastructure throughout a four-county region in the northwest Lower Peninsula, specifically Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties. As a result, the NLEA utilizes resources offered through MSU Extension as it provides leadership to state-wide programs sponsored by MSU Extension.

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