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.
July 29, 2014 | Andy Hayes | MSU Extension statewide Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference focuses on helping communities learn tools and resources to help entrepreneurs thrive in your town.
July 29, 2014 | Brandon Schroeder | Scheduled for September 8 - 9 in South Haven, this conference will explore and celebrate our Great Lakes fisheries heritage as a means to promote coastal tourism development opportunities.
July 28, 2014 | Mark Thomas | Human capital is paramount for business success. While you may not actually "whistle while you work," workplace benefits beyond financial incentives can lead to a more productive workplace and ensure your operation continues without a hitch.
July 28, 2014 | Frank Gublo | As part of an efficient recall plan, food processors need to assess the complaint and condition of the product.
July 24, 2014 | Brad Neumann | It may seem counterintuitive, but cars are needed to make most walkable urban retail environments successful. The key is how communities manage those cars to enhance the pedestrian experience and support business activity.
July 23, 2014 | Andy Hayes | Northern Lakes Economic Alliance celebrates 30 years of building partnerships for economic development in Northern Michigan.
July 23, 2014 | Andy Hayes | When planning a business launch, the bank should be your last stop.
July 23, 2014 | Richard Wooten | University students can play important roles for urban non-profit organizations.
July 18, 2014 | Andy Hayes | Communities have several opportunities to provide support resources for entrepreneurs to grow their local economy.
July 18, 2014 | Andy Hayes | Two business connect websites promote opportunities for business to business connections and access to services statewide and in Northeast Michigan.
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Date: Aug 4, 2014 - Aug 11, 2014
Location: Kent County MSU Extension, 775 Ball Avenue, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Date: Aug 15, 2014
Location: MSU Horticultural Research Center (6686 South Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684)
Date: Sep 8, 2014 - Sep 9, 2014
Location: South Haven, Michigan
- 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
- 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