Upcoming Events: Maximizing the Value of Your Business and Cooperative Basics: How to Start a Cooperative

The Michigan State University Product Center is hosting three one-day, two-session events for businesses, entrepreneurs, and economic development lay people and experts. Members of C2BE will be leading sessions at all three events.

The Morning Session is “Maximizing the Value of Your Business.” The Afternoon Session is “Cooperative Basics: How to Start a Cooperative Business.” People interested in attending can register for either one or both sessions. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

The events will be held in Traverse City on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 at the Hotel Indigo; in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 at the Amway Grand; and in Ann Arbor on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 at the Sheraton Ann Arbor.

The Morning Session, “Maximizing the Value of your Business” will focus on determining what drives value in your company, methods of assessment, and strategies to enhance that value. Succession planning and legal issues involved with selling a business will also be covered, as well as employee ownership options.

During the Morning Sessions, C2BE will also introduce the concept of an Employee Ownership Trust, a relatively new model it used to establish employee ownership in a company in Ann Arbor.

The Afternoon Session, “Cooperative Basics: Starting a Cooperative Business”, will focus on providing basic information about cooperatives and their development, as well as resources and networking contacts. The session will begin with an introduction to cooperatives, covering their principles and what specifically makes them different from other businesses. A presentation outlining the steps and stages of developing a co-op will be given, followed by a presentation on legal considerations.

The event will conclude with a breakout session with attendees, where the presenters and service providers at the conference will be available to hear your specific situation and to provide some guidance on next steps.

Attorney Paul Chander and Todd Leverette from C2BE will be leading sessions at all three events. At the Ann Arbor event on September 21, C2BE Executive Director will present about Arbor Assays, the Ann Arbor company that C2BE partnered with to convert to an Employee Ownership Trust.

To register for the events, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017_MSU_Coop.


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