Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities
Michigan State University Extension has been involved in helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses for many years. The CEC program was created in Michigan approximately 8 years ago and was launched in an effort to educate communities on the various tools and resources available to help them help entrepreneurs grow in their communities.
195 participants from 79 communities in 38 counties (and three states!) participated in the 2015 edition of the MSU Extension state-wide CEC Conference(s)!
Feedback from attendees
“Informative, motivating and encouraging!”
“Thanks so much for the opportunity to be a part of the event. It gets better every year. Looking forward to next year.”
“I learned a lot and found most of the speakers very motivational.”
“My first experience! Found it energizing!”
“Great opportunity to experience another small town and see its best practices.”
“I enjoyed networking and gaining many new, feasible/useable ideas I can take back to work and implement.”
“I really enjoyed the conference and look forward to coming back next year!”
“Great time. Really enjoyed the way the conference allowed for people to engage with each other beyond the traditional conference set up. It was fun, real, and meaningful.”
February 16, 2016 | Andy Hayes | CEC program is an excellent tool for those communities that are looking to build support and capacity for entrepreneurship in their town.
December 28, 2015 | Mark Hitchcock | MSU Extension’s Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities conference will be held in Port Huron Oct. 5-6, 2016. Pencil these dates in on your calendar and put your team together today!
December 7, 2015 | Kathy Jamieson | Impressive results of knowledge gained and community plans for entrepreneurial action shared.
December 3, 2015 | Kathy Jamieson | Best community development practices shared and connections made border to border at the Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conferences in October 2015.
November 2, 2015 | Mark Hitchcock | Continuing the long standing partnership, Northern Lake Economic Alliance (NLEA) Staff presented at the 2015 Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities conference in Houghton Hancock October 7-8.
November 2, 2015 | Mark Hitchcock | With double the locations, the reach of CEC in 2015 nearly doubled as well. With two great venues, one in the Upper Peninsula communities of Houghton & Hancock and one in Sturgis, the team took CEC ‘Border to Border’ this past October.
October 22, 2015 | Kay Cummings | Local team writes successful application.
September 29, 2015 | Kathy Jamieson | Learn and share best practices to empower our youth to become “entrepreneurial” at the upcoming Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference in October 2015.
September 24, 2015 | Ingrid Ault | At the Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities in Sturgis Ingrid Ault and Jeff Aronoff are discussing how to use crowdfunding and the MILE Act to raise capital for small businesses and communities.
August 17, 2015 | Paul Werner | Statewide conference moves around each year to new locations.