Ubly Workshop Will Help Entrepreneurs on the Road to Independence

posted on October 7, 2005 4:34pm

Contact:  Laura Probyn

EAST LANSING , Mich.—Aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners in the food, fiber and related industries have the opportunity to learn about options for expanding their businesses or developing new products by attending a workshop offered by the Michigan State University (MSU) Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The “Road To Independence” workshop, co-sponsored by the Michigan Agriculture Innovation Center, will take place Nov. 28 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Ubly Heights Golf Club in Ubly, Mich.

The workshop will focus on developing a unique business idea, finding market opportunities and understanding what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

“Many aspiring entrepreneurs are afraid of the risk. This could mean a life transition or a financial change,” says Barbara Fails, MSU Product Center assistant director. “At the product center, we have a network of trained business counselors and we’re working on building local support communities to encourage and assist new entrepreneurs.”

Business partners and family businesses with young adults are encouraged to attend the workshop to increase their understanding of entrepreneurship and product development.

“We would like to see the next generation of aspiring entrepreneurs attend—those who may be interested in entering the family business or creating their own,” says Fails. “Additionally, there are many adults looking for a lifestyle change who see entrepreneurship as an option.”

Similar workshops will also be held across the state—Nov. 4 in Hart, Nov. 7 in Dundee, Nov. 9 in Benton Harbor, Nov. 11 in Gaylord and Nov. 22 in Lansing. The workshops will also be repeated at six additional sites in February.

There is no registration fee, thanks to a United States Department of Agriculture grant.

The MSU Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources is organized to provide coordinated, university-wide 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.

For more information or to register, visit www.aec.msu.edu/product/road.htm or call 517-432-8751.



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