FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ENTREPRENEUR WORKSHOPS TO BE OFFERED ACROSS MICHIGAN
posted on February 10, 2005 12:01pm
Contact: Laura Probyn
EAST LANSING, Mich.—Agricultural producers, agricultural organizations and those with ideas about new food, fiber and natural resource products are encouraged to turn thoughts into reality this spring during one-day workshops offered in Saginaw, Van Buren, Monroe, Mecosta, Otsego and Delta counties.
The free workshops, titled “Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Creating an Idea You Can Profit From,” are offered through the Michigan Agriculture Innovation Center (MAIC) and presented by the Michigan State University (MSU) Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The workshops are designed to promote unique value-added products and Michigan’s overall agricultural economy. Presentation topics include market trends, new product feasibility assessments, the myths and realities of being an entrepreneur, and the basics of building a business plan.
Workshops will be offered in Frankenmuth March 2; Lawrence March 15; Dundee March 17; Big Rapids March 22; Gaylord March 24; and Escanaba March 30.
The entrepreneurship and innovation program is sponsored by the MAIC through a USDA Rural Development Agriculture Innovation Center grant. Co-sponsors are the Michigan Partnership for Product Agriculture and MSU Extension.
The MSU Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources is organized to provide coordinated, universitywide assistance for agriculture, food and natural resource entrepreneurs and managers in improving economic opportunities for Michigan. The center’s mission is to envision, explore and empower a profitable future for businesses and industries engaged in Michigan agricultural, food and natural resources systems.