10. Growing Your Business 1 day Conference
On November 2, 2007 the MSU Product Center will host its first conference on entrepreneurship and innovation for the food, agriculture, and natural resources business community at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Titled “Growing Your Business”, the conference will feature keynote speaker Barry Moltz, author of the popular book, You Need to be a Little Crazy – the Truth About Starting and Growing Your Business. Concurrent breakout sessions throughout the day will allow participants to focus on one of four specialty tracks (entrepreneurship, marketing, food products, bioeconomy). Exhibits and demonstrations during lunch are designed to encourage networking and to celebrate entrepreneurs and their successes. The day concludes with a panel discussion by state leaders on the status and future of the agricultural economy.
We anticipate 250-300 participants from across the state which will bring agri-entreprenuers, Product Center partners, government representatives, and University colleagues together for a day focused on growing Michigan’s economy. The event also marks the 5 year anniversary of the Center.
Please review the attached brochure for more information or visit our website: www.productcenter.msu.edu/conference. Registration is by mail or fax only. Deadline for the early registration discount is October 15th. Seating is limited to 300 so register early!
We hope to see you on November 2nd!
Coordinator - External Partners
MSU Product Center for ANR
101 Farrall Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1324
Tel: (517) 432-8751
Fax: (517) 432-8756
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Below is the agenda for the day; We hope that you attend if interested.Friday, November 2, 2007
7:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m.
Kellogg Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824
7:30 -8:30 Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:30-8:45 Welcome Remarks - President Lou Anna Simon (invited)
8:45-9:45 Keynote Speaker: Barry Moltz
You Need to be a Little Crazy: The Truth About Starting and Growing Your Business
10:00-11:00 Concurrent Session 1 1. Marketing 2. Bioeconomy 3. Food 4. Business
11:15-12:15 Concurrent Session 2 1. Marketing 2. Bioeconomy 3. Food 4. Business
12:15-1:30 Networking Lunch and Exhibitor Display
1:30-1:45 Awards Recognition
2:00-3:00 Concurrent Session 3 1. Marketing 2. Bioeconomy 3. Food 4. Business
3:00 -3:15 Break
3:15-4:30 The Entrepreneurial Future for Michigan’s Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Dr. Chris Peterson, Director, MSU Product Center and Nowlin Chair for Consumer-Responsive Agriculture
Panel Discussion featuring: David Hollister, President and CEO, Prima Civitas,
Tim Young, President/Chef, Food For Thought, and Dick VandeVusse, President, Ag Solutions, Inc.
4:30-4:45 Conference Conclusion
CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS
10:00-11:00 Concurrent Session 1
Major Market Trends Facing the Agri-Food System
Dr. William Knudson, Product Center, Product Marketing Economist
Family size, disposable income, an aging population, rising obesity, and ethnic diversity are just a few of the
factors affecting the food system. This workshop will discuss the market trends that are shaping the future of
the agri-food system.
What’s New in the Bioeconomy?
Dr. Steve Pueppke, Director, MSU Office of Biobased Technologies
One of the leading experts in Michigan will discuss what the bioeconomy means to our state and what the
future might look like as we move ahead using renewable resources as a source for energy, chemicals and
Basics of Food Processing
Dr. Kirk Dolan, MSU Food Science and Human Nutrition; Cathy Martin, Michigan Department of Agriculture
Gain an understanding of the importance of proper food processing, the rationale for each technique in regard
to food safety, and the responsibilities of the food processor.
Resources for Entrepreneurs
Representatives from MDA, SBTDC, and the MSU Law Clinic
The most challenging part of owning your own business is finding the expertise you need to break down
barriers. This panel discussion of industry experts will help participants recognize where to go for help.
11:15-12:15 Concurrent Session 2
New Product Development and Market Ideas
Dr. Getachew Abate, Product Center, Product Market Analyst; Mike Score, Product Center Counselor
Learn about product development trends in the food and beverage sectors, both in the global marketplace and
in the U.S. using market research tools such as Mintel and the Global New Product Database.
The Story of Cellulosic Ethanol
Dr. Venkatesh Balan, MSU Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
Learn the science and potential of ethanol produced from this intriguing renewable resource.
Ins and Outs of Food Commercialization
Dr. Janice Harte, MSU Food Science and Human Nutrition; Dr. Bruce Harte, MSU School of Packaging
Taking a recipe from your kitchen to commercial production is a challenge. Learn about standardized
formulation and how packaging plays a role in food integrity, safety and marketing.
The Business Survival Toolkit: What Should be in Yours?
Barry Moltz, Business Coach, Angel Investor, and Serial Entrepreneur
Successful entrepreneurs must rely on teamwork, a sales culture, and an analysis of timely financial records.
Learn more about this and Barry’s top 10 list of essentials every thriving new business must have. Compare
this to what’s currently in your own business survival kit.
2:00-3:00 Concurrent Session 3
MarketMaker - A New Way to Find Customers
Dar Knipe, University of Illinois
Be among the first to learn about an interactive website that is coming to Michigan which will connect food
producers, distributors, buyers and sellers to their specific consumer markets. Geographic mapping plus
demographic data help focus marketing efforts to consumers who are most likely to use your product.
On-Farm Alternative Energy Systems
Dr. Lynn Hamilton, MSU Department of Agricultural Economics & Mark Seamon, Product Center Counselor
Learn about the business opportunities in these two key areas which can support economic development and
help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
All Foods Are Not Created Equal
Representatives from USDA, MDA, MSU Food Science and Human Nutrition
Learn from a panel of experts about the special considerations required during food processing of meat, dairy
and fruit/vegetable products. Product trends, licensing and regulations will also be highlighted.
Dan Wyant, President & CEO Edward Lowe Foundation
Successful entrepreneurs know the importance of building a team and relying on others. Consider strategies
for creating your own social network and hear some of the lessons learned from the programs offered by the
Edward Lowe Foundation, known for their support of stage 2 companies.
Growing your business
Featuring Nationally Recognized Author and Speaker
Author of “You Need to be a Little Crazy: The Truth about Starting
and Growing Your Business”
12 In-depth workshops on:
The Emerging Bioeconomy
Sponsored by The MSU Product Center Presents
Come celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit!
Discount for early registration before October 15, 2007
80 Agriculture Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer
If you areNov. 2nd, 2007
Growing your business - Registration Form
Friday, November 2, 2007, 7:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Michigan State University
Kellogg Center, East Lansing, MI 48824
Fees and Payment
Early registration: $95 per person by October 15, 2007
$80 per additional person from same company
Late registration October 16, 2007 - October 29, 2007
$125 per person (no discount for additional attendees from same company)
Registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and complimentary CD of all the speakers’ presentations.
Three ways to register:
o Mail form with check, payable to MSU. Mailing address: Nancy Creed
MSU Product Center
202 Agriculture Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Mail form with credit card information.
Fax form with credit card information.
Fax number: 517-432-1800 Attn: Nancy Creed
Credit card information: o VISA o MasterCard o American Express
Card number:__________________________________ Expiration Date:__________
Name as it appears on card: _____________________________
If you have any special access or dietary requirements or any other special needs, please indicate here.
You are encouraged to bring business cards to take advantage of the
valuable networking opportunities.
For more information Phone: (517) 432-4608 Email: [log in to unmask] Web: www.productcenter.msu.edu/conference.htm
Company name (if applicable) _____________________________________________________
City________________________________ State__________________ Zip______________________
Additional participant(s) from the same company:
Cancellations: Registration fees will be refunded, less a 20% administrative fee, if cancellation is received by
To assist us in allocating space, please check which sessions you plan to attend in the appropriate Track. It in no way obligates you to
attend only those sessions checked.
LODGING: If overnight accommodations are required, please contact the Kellogg Center Hotel and Conference Center directly
at: 517-432-4000. A block of rooms has been reserved at a special rate under the name “Product Center Growing Your Business
Conference” for the night of November 1st. Prices range from $89 to $109/night plus tax. This block must be reserved by Oct 2.
How will entrepreneurship shape the future of Michigan’s Food,
Agriculture, and Natural Resource Businesses?
This engaging topic will be addressed in two ways during the conference’s final session. Product Center Director, Chris Peterson will present scenarios for Michigan’s entrepreneurial future. Then a panel of industry leaders will respond with their own visions of Michigan’s future. David Hollister, President and CEO, Prima Civitas Foundation, will give an entrepreneurial support organization’s view; DickVandeVusse, President, Ag Solutions, Inc., will give a bioeconomy entrepreneur’s view; and Tim Young, President/Chef, Food For Thought, will give an agri-food entrepreneur’s perspective.
For more information Phone: (517) 432-4608 Email: [log in to unmask]
The MSU Product Center was established in 2003 by Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station, and MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Project GREEEN provides major funding. The Product Center is a unit of the Department of Agricultural Economics.
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