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Michigan State University Extension
21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12, Clinton Township, MI 48036
(586) 469-6440

Contact: Kathy Jamieson



August 01, 2022

MSU Extension’s Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference coming this September

Michigan State University Extension will host community leaders to learn and share ideas that support entrepreneurship growth throughout Michigan at this fall’s Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) Conference. The event offers 22 breakout sessions held in local businesses with presentations led by experienced entrepreneurs or persons working in economic and community development. This allows participants to learn, see, feel and taste what works in any sized community. Themes for the breakout sessions include entrepreneurship, development strategies, placemaking, government collaboration, talent retention, housing and tourism.

The 2022 CEC conference will take place throughout the city of Alma on September 14-15. Participants can register for the conference at the early bird rate of only $85 through September 1. Registration includes 2 keynote speakers, breakfast, lunch, networking dinner and an opportunity to participate in 5 breakout sessions.

This national award-winning program is open to all and geared toward community development professionals, chamber of commerce staff, DDAs, planners, Main Street, government, education and those with an interest in supporting entrepreneurial communities.

"Building strong communities starts with leaders making informed decisions that benefit residents, visitors and businesses," said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. "A key part of that process is education, so this opportunity to connect with professionals from across the state at the MSU Extension conference is absolutely something our municipal partners should consider."

To register visit To learn more about the program, visit the CEC webpage, follow MSUE on Facebook or contact a team member.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.


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