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Save the date (Oct 4-5, 2017) in Howell Michigan for the annual state-wide Michigan State University Extension Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) Conference. This extremely fun and productive conference regularly attracts participants from many different communities (last year 150 participants from 2 countries, 5 states and 50 MI communities ).  The conference offers interesting keynote speakers and has over 25 different breakout sessions to choose from.  Held in early Oct each year, the conference moves around allowing participants to experience a new community and meet new friends, make new contacts and learn new ideas.

Our unique approach actually embeds the conference in the local community.  Breakout sessions are held right in local businesses.  This allows participants to learn and more importantly see, feel and taste the community. We have learned that sustaining enthusiasm gained from this event is easier if several key people in the community participate, learn and get excited. Teams could be made up of representatives of local government, business community (Chamber of Commerce, DDA, Main Street, etc.), education, economic/community development (EDO, EDC, Community Foundation), interested citizens, etc.

For more information and to see photos from past conferences, visit the CEC website:



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