2019 Statewide Conference

CEC Partnership Logo Vertical - FinalLocation: Ludington Michigan

Date: Oct. 1-2

The 2019 Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities conference will take place Oct. 1-2 in Ludington, Michigan. This conference is jam-packed offering two local keynote speakers, networking opportunities, and 23 breakout sessions designed to spur ideas of entrepreneurship and business growth.  


Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Ludington is home to first-class hotels, restaurants, lakefront parks, and marinas. Their friendly hospitality and beautiful landscapes offer the perfect backdrop for our next gathering.


Includes opening and closing lunch, Wednesday evening networking event plus all the conference materials. Early Bird Registration is $85 per person until Sept. 15. Normal registration starts Sept. 16 for $100. The cost of the conference at the door will be $125. 


Ludington is home to several affordable and one-of-a-kind places to stay. For a complete list and rates, visit www.pureludington.com or call 1-800-542-4600. 

What to expect

Conference will begin with registration, box lunches, and keynote speakers at The Lake House, 704 Maritime Drive, Ludington, Michigan. Breakout sessions will be held in unique venue locations throughout the
downtown all within walking distance of The Lake House. Tuesday evening will include a fun networking event to meet others and increase your contacts. 

This conference is unique in that participants will experience entrepreneurial tricks-of-the-trade with a small town perspective, but will walk away with knowledge that will transcend any community size.

Program at a Glance

In addition to two keynote speaker sessions, there will be 23 breakout sessions to choose from. Each attendee will be able to attend 5 (three on day 1, two on day 2).

Day 1: Tuesday, Oct. 1

11 a.m.: Registration/check in. Lunch (enjoy a box lunch inside or outside, network with other attendees). 

Noon: Opening Session/Keynote Speaker

1-5:30 p.m.: Breakout sessions held at various downtown businesses with ample time to walk and explore

Day 2: Wednesday, Oct. 2

7:30-8:30 a.m.: Breakfast

8:30 a.m.: Warm-up, wake-up, idea sharing! 30 ideas in 30 minutes

9-11 a.m.: Breakout sessions held at various downtown businesses with ample time to walk and explore

11:15 a.m.: Keynote Speaker & Wrap-Up

Noon: Adjourn

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