Michigan State University Extension and the MSU Product Center—Food Ag Bio focus on assisting entrepreneurs who develop and commercialize high-value, consumer-responsive products and businesses. The MSU Product Center’s Innovation Counselor Network includes professionals trained to assist entrepreneurs in the agriculture, natural resources and bioeconomy sectors. Counselors can assess the developmental phase, identify markets, innovate new products, help make critical decisions and guide them from concept to launch. MSU Extension educators can provide business counseling to entrepreneurs in any sector, including those who want to start a business as well as current business owners who want to expand.
September 26, 2014 | Diane Smith | Mayra Martinez and her family built a successful restaurant and full service catering business. Upcoming plans include branching into food processing. The lessons Mayra learned in the process and her words of advice for other packaged food entrepreneurs.
September 26, 2014 | Mark Thomas | Lenders expect their customers to not only understand the necessity of having good, producible records, but also to conduct regular analysis of their financial conditions.
September 24, 2014 | Paul James Werner | Most entrepreneurs want to grow and become a large regional chain, but first you must learn the ropes and polish your skills.
September 24, 2014 | Paul James Werner | Good employees will make the entrepreneur’s job less stressful and more productive.
September 18, 2014 | Paul James Werner | It is hard to compete on price when you are starting a new business. Instead, compete on customer service, quality and your unique selling proposition.
September 18, 2014 | Paul James Werner | Start a food enterprise in Michigan with assistance from the Michigan State University Product Center.
September 18, 2014 | Mark Thomas | Employers cannot always get what they want, but if they try providing the proper leadership, they might just get what they need.
September 17, 2014 | Paul James Werner | Competition comes in all forms, from many different industries and from substitute products.
September 17, 2014 | Paul James Werner | Conserving cash is one of the most beneficial business acumen skills.
September 17, 2014 | Mark Thomas | Some folks prefer to go it alone by starting their own company and some workers unfortunately disqualify themselves with falsehoods on job applications. However an opportunity exists with many recent “retirees” being willing to return to the workplace.
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