Save the Date—2016 Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) conference dates set for Oct. 5-6

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!

With another successful set of Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) conferences in the books, the Michigan State University Extension CEC team is proud to announce that in 2016 the community of Port Huron will serve as host on Oct. 5-6, 2016. Though still nearly a year away, the organizing team is already hard at work planning another great conference for attendees from communities across Michigan and beyond.

Specific details will be developing over the next several months, but keep a look out for requests for proposals to present, request for partnerships with our team as an event sponsor and for site specific registration information. In the meantime, be sure to check out our website which houses information from this previous CEC conferences and events.

Previous host communities in this format have been Petoskey, Marshall, East Tawas/Oscoda, Houghton/Hancock and Sturgis. Intentionally, this conference is moved around the state each year to visit various great entrepreneurial communities in action, and in 2016 we are excited to be traveling to Port Huron.

The format of this conference uniquely embeds breakout sessions into various merchant locations throughout a walkable community. This not only allows for ease of access, but we encourages a little “retail therapy” for our attendees. This format also encourages more of an informal, conversational style of presentation, which attendees have come to enjoy and find refreshing.

Michigan State University Extension has had a unique relationship with the regional economic development organization Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) for more than 20 years. Recognizing the strength of combining resources, this partnership focuses on economic development, entrepreneurship growth and community infrastructure throughout a four-county region in the northwest Lower Peninsula, specifically Antrim, Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties. As a result, the NLEA utilizes resources offered through MSU Extension as it provides leadership to state-wide programs sponsored by MSU Extension.” 

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