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)!
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)”
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.