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.
August 28, 2014 | Jim Isleib | Low cost land and a laidback lifestyle may seem appealing, but the basics of successful farming in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are the same as everywhere else: careful planning, efficient use of resources, adaptability, commitment and good luck.
August 27, 2014 | Phil Tocco | With the amount of produce food safety paperwork generated by growers, it is easy to forget how long to keep something. Growers should know the standard minimum length to keep food safety records based on the Food Safety Modernization Act.
August 14, 2014 | Dawn Earnesty | Eating lunch while working at your desk does not save on time, and could have more downsides than imagined.
August 13, 2014 | Diane Smith | Learn how to wholesale to restaurants to increase your food product sales.
August 13, 2014 | Diane Smith | Learn about your responsibilities when wholesaling with a cooperative, food hub or door-to-door company.
August 12, 2014 | Mark Thomas | Budgeting is essential to avoid both flying by the seat of the pants and potential financial embarrassment. Knowing expenses both variable and fixed along with market conditions can lead to expected profits.
August 11, 2014 | Diane L. Smith | Learn more about how the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) affects your business and how the MSU Product Center offers food safety plan development assistance to small food processors.
August 7, 2014 | Paul James Werner | Fraudulent transaction liability is shifting to retailers who do not have EMV processing technology.
August 4, 2014 | Dan O'Keefe | Michigan charter boat operators logged 1,536 trips on Lake Huron waters in 2013. Charter effort on Lake Huron has not increased much in recent years despite the fantastic walleye fishing and diverse salmon and trout catches.
August 4, 2014 | Paul James Werner | Take your recipe and turn it into a viable commercial product with free assistance from MSU Product Center.
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Date: Sep 8, 2014 - Sep 9, 2014
Location: South Haven, Michigan
Date: Sep 16, 2014 - Sep 30, 2014
Location: Allegan County MI Works!, 3255 - 122nd Avenue, Allegan, MI 49010
Date: Sep 29, 2014
- Affordable Care Act Roadmap
- Cashing in on Business Opportunities
- Cooperative Development Program
- FastTrac NewVenture Program
- Heritage Tourism
- Land Use Education Services
- Michigan MarketMaker
- MSU Product Center
- MSUE Wind Power
- Oil and Gas
- Road to Independence Workshop
- Specialized Meat Processing Variance Training
- Tilling the Soil of Opportunity
- 2014 Statewide Ballot Proposal
- Food system organizations in Michigan
- Growing Michigan Agriculture Proceedings
- MI Health Matters Resources
- Michigan State University Anaerobic Digestion Research and Education Center
- MSU Product Center—Food, Ag, Bio
- Northern Lakes Economic Alliance
- Planning & Zoning Center at MSU
- The Starting Block