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)!

Click here to register for the 2016 Conference in Port Huron


To join the email list to receive CEC program and conference information simply send your contact information to MSU Extension Educator Andy Hayes: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 231-582-6482.

2015 CEC Conference Feedback

√ 98% of participants felt the conference was a good value.

√ 96% of participants increased knowledge of business concepts, tools, and resources to build entrepreneurship in their community.

√ 82% of the participants plan to create/expand at least one community based entrepreneurial activity and initiative presented at the conference in the next year.  

Feedback from attendees

“I really liked this conference. I thought that it was planned out well. It’s nice to hear what other towns in Michigan are doing and what they struggle with and what they are doing well. It puts things into perspective and it encourages growth.”

“This is the 5th one of these events I have attended, and it just seems to get better every year. I already can’t wait for next year!!”

“Really liked having time to check out the downtown stores and some networking opportunities. Great variety of topic options. Really well organized. Also really liked getting the restaurant coupons!”

“This is always a unique experience. Bravo! You guys knocked it out of the ballpark again.”

“One of the most fun and meaningful conferences I’ve ever attended. I cannot express enough the value of visiting the places and people that conferences feature. It was a mentally, socially and physically engaging. I cannot wait for next year!” (Houghton/Hancock attendee)


Still not convinced? Check out this powerpoint presentation to learn more! 2016_CEC_Conference_Promo_power_point.pdf


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