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  • Artisan Hands-On Basic Cheese Making Workshop (July 2018)

    Dates:

    July 11 - 13, 2018

    Location:

    MSU Dairy Plant, 1135 S. Anthony Hall, 474 S. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Description:

    Participants will learn about milk quality, ingredients, processes for making a variety of cheeses, techniques and requirements for aging cheese and planning to establish a farmstead or artisan cheese business. The heart of the workshop is the hands-on opportunity for participants to make a number of cheeses, that may include fresh lactic, Italian, Alpine, Dutch and American varieties from goat and cow milk. A cheese tasting, featuring locally produced cheeses, takes place Thursday evening.

  • Business and Bagels: How to Increase Sales with One Word ~ Customer-centric (April 2018)

    Dates:

    April 11, 2018.  8:00 am - 9:15 am.

    Location:

    The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, 3535 Forest Rd, Lansing, Michigan, 48910

    Description:

    This session will identify ways to connect with current customers to satisfy their needs, increase loyalty, generate positive word of mouth, and ultimately increase sales, profits, and increase your customer base.

  • Citizen Planner Advanced Academy Annual Program (June 2018)

    Dates:

    Thursday, June 7, 2018. 9:00 am - 4:15 pm.

     

    Location:

    Okemos Conference Center, 2187 University Park Drive, Okemos, MI 48864

    Description:

    The 2018 Citizen Planner Advanced Academy theme is: The Return on Investments in Your Community: Planning for the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Land Uses). Creating and sustaining high-quality communities requires responsible land use policies and careful decision-making. Many popular projects consume resources while other developments generate tax revenue but might be less desirable. Whether its placemaking, the sharing economy, renewable energy systems, medical marijuana facilities, or other hot topics, local leaders must understand what their community wants, who pays for it, and how it impacts the municipality.

    The morning session will feature a keynote panel of private developers representing various industry areas. Hear from their point of view on working together through municipal land use approval processes. Two afternoon sessions will focus on skills that local leaders can use in their communities. Participants will learn from MSU educators and each other about the range of considerations necessary to decision-making and how to improve your community's engagement in the process.

  • Cottage Food Law Workshop (May 2018)

    Dates:

    May 15, 2018.  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm.

    Location:

    Rudyard Twp. Hall 18725 S Mackinac Trail Rudyard, MI

    Description:

    This workshop combines the business and food safety aspects of preparing and selling cottage foods safely and successfully. Learn what foods can be legally produced, how to label and sell them.

    Cost of this program is $15.00 and includes a certificate that states participant has taken food safety training related to Michigan Cottage Foods. 

  • Economic Development Extension Resources

    Description:

    Michigan State University Extension is an educational leader in providing support to communities in green and sustainable economic development. Through programs like Stronger Economies Together, MSU Extension facilitates the development of an economic development plan in two regions in the state. Extension educators help counties work together in developing strong economic blueprints that strengthen relationships, build trust and capacity and strengthen "social capital."

  • Executive Development Training Programs

    Location:

    James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, 3535 Forest Road, Lansing, MI, 48910.

    Description:

    The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management offers leading-edge, non-credit programs that bring measurable, long-term value to organizations by leveraging skill-intensive operations learning with strategic leadership development. In open enrollment programs and in customized programs, participants master the best, cutting-edge skills that will have an immediate impact on improving operational excellence in their organizations. At the same time, participants gain leadership perspectives and techniques they need to maximize those new skills, ultimately developing each person's potential to make strategic change happen throughout the organization. There is a wide range of open enrollment programs to address the most pressing business challenges:

    • Business Strategy, Leadership and Change Management.
    • Marketing and New Product Development.
    • Financial Management and Control.
    • Supply Chain Management.
    • Business Tools & Techniques.

    Or you can partner with our faculty experts to develop your own customized program.

  • Farmer Field School Workshops (2018)

    Dates:

    Various dates in 2018. Please see the website listed below.

    Location:

    Various locations in Michigan. Please see the website listed below.

    Description:

    The MSU Organic Farm is offering the following workshops in 2018:
    • DIY Caterpillar Tunnel Build @ New City Urbran Farm in GR: Tuesday, April 10, 8am – noon; FREE
    • Designing your Packing Shed with Atina Diffley @ Eastminster Church in E Lansing; Monday, April 30, 9am – 4:30pm FREE (Full: Registration is closed)
    • Cut Flowers for Weddings & Events @ Seeley Farm: Sunday, July 15, 9am – 4pm
    • Adding Value to your On-Farm Marketing - Webinar with Trent Thompson from Green Gardens; Jill and Nate Lada from Green Things Farm, date & time (TBA in August or September)
    • Cheaper Really is Better: Crop Fertility - October, Location & Date TBA; Lee Arboreal from Live Edge Farm
    • DIY Greens Dryer & Bubbler Build @ Tilian Farm Development Center near Ann Arbor; November, Location & Date TBA
    • Peak CSA Roundtable - December, Date TBA, FREE
  • Farmer Field School: Work-Life Balance for Farmers Roundtable and Workshop (December 2017)

    Dates:

    Tuesday, December 12, 2017.  11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Lunch and Roundtable);  2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Field School)

    Location:

    Eastminster Presbyterian, 1315 Abbot Rd. East Lansing, 48823

    Description:

    Together, farmers and others will share in discussion of successful (and unsuccessful) practices and approaches to finding balance between the work of farming and life off the farm or at least off the clock. How do passion, values, ideals, goals and financial security for the farm mesh with those of family and loved ones, and our own personal limits? A look at how and why we make the decisions we do and what we can learn from each other and understand about the farm and family life we choose.

    There is no charge for this workshop. Lunch provided.

  • Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable, Farm Market, and Greenhouse Growers Expo (December 2018)

    Dates:

    December 4 - 6, 2018

    Location:

    DeVos Place Convention Center and the Amway Grand Hotel, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

    Description:

    The Expo is one of the premier trade shows of its kind. There are over 450 exhibitors with displays of everything needed to grow, harvest, and pack fruit and vegetables, as well as an area featuring companies with products and services for farm marketers. Over three days, the program includes 70+ sessions on fruit crops, vegetable crops, other specialty crops, greenhouse crop production and marketing, farm marketing ideas and operations, farmers’ markets and organic production and marketing. There will also be sessions covering a diversity of general interest topics, including food safety and labor.

    Presentations will be made by researchers and Extension educators from Michigan State University, other Land Grant universities and industry. Many of the education sessions will offer credits for Michigan and Ohio Private and Commercial Pesticide Applicators and Certified Crop Advisors.

  • Great Lakes Veterinary Conference (August 2018)

    Dates:

    August 12 - 14, 2018

    Location:

    Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan

    Description:

    This event at the Grand Hotel on Michigan's Mackinac Island includes great speakers and social events, including a welcome reception, dinner in a reserved section of the Grand Hotel dining room, and a sunset dessert reception at Fort Mackinac. There is also a daily program for children. 

  • Harnessing the Power of Workplace Teams

    Location:

    These workshops are offered on-site at your location.

    Description:

    MSU's School of Human Resources and Labor Relations is offering three new workshops for union and management leaders on the topic of workplace teams:

    • Exploring Interest Based Bargaining: Building stronger contracts and stronger relationships
    • Exploring Options for Union-Management Cooperation: Working Together for Workplace Change
    • Exploring Joint Work Redesign: Recreate the Workplace through a Negotiated Partnership Approach
  • Managing Organizational Change: How To Gain Organization-Wide Ownership For New Solutions (June 2018)

    Dates:

    June 8, 2018. 9:00 am - 4:30 pm.

    Location:

    The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, 3535 Forest Rd, Lansing, Michigan, 48910

    Description:

    Constant improvements in technology and process capabilities coupled with increasing customer demands continue to redefine the nature of the workplace.  Implementing solutions typically requires both technical and behavioral change.  While technical challenges can, of course, be daunting, dealing with the human aspects of change is far and away the more difficult challenge.  This workshop will address critical behavioral change management concepts, and arm you with the strategies and tools that will help you manage change at both the organization and individual level.

    Think about all the situations within a typical organization in which change management is required.  Organizational redesign often forces role and responsibility shifts that can be very difficult for staff to accept.  Cross-functional improvement projects usually result in changes that make some departments apparent “winners” and others apparent “losers.”  On a more micro level, fear of change can undermind brainstorming and problem-solving meetings.  In short: The techniques learned in this course have broad application in your workplace.

  • Measuring & Improving Processes: How to Create Better Member/Customer Experiences and Build Long-Term Relationships (May 2018)

    Dates:

    May 1 - 2, 2018.  9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Location:

    James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, 3535 Forest Road, Lansing, MI 48910

    Description:

    This seminar will arm you with tools and strategies that are fundamental to Six Sigma and other proven performance improvement methodologies.  You will learn how to 1) Identify customer requirements; 2) Measure process performance; 3) Determine root cause of business challenges; 4) Deploy process improvement strategies.

     

  • National Firewood Workshop (June 2018)

    Dates:

    Wednesday, June 20, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Thursday, June 21, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

    Location:

    Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center 3775 S. Reese Road Frankenmuth, MI 48734

    Description:

    This is a two-day educational and networking event to provide the firewood processing industry the latest knowledge on processing, kiln drying and marketing of firewood. Topics include:

    • Selling and marketing
    • Finding buyers
    • Purchasing requirements by wholesale brokers and chain-store buyers
    • Managing a firewood processing business
    • Sourcing affordable logs
    • Equipment for sawing and splitting
    • Heating options for kilns
    • Firewood quarantines
    • Dry kiln equipment and methods
    • Selling green kiln and dried split wood
    • Firewood associations
    • Urban logs as sources of firewood
  • New Media Drivers License Training Program

    Location:

    This course meets twice on campus in East Lansing, MI, with the remainder of the program online.  Private New Media Training for businesses is also available.

    Description:

    This course is a new wave in education in which the student or small business team is fully engaged and learning through guided experience. After participants leave the New Media Driver's License® Seminars, they will have a strong, professional and optimized online presence.  The participant will use digital marketing, develop content for blogs, write digital public relations (PR), master social media sites like Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and YouTube, build community with customers, practice search engine optimization and search engine marketing, and understand how Google and Yahoo! search rankings impact the business bottom line.

  • Process Mapping, Modeling, Analysis And Redesign (April 2018)

    Dates:

    April 12 - 13, 2018. 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Location:

    The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, 3535 Forest Rd, Lansing, Michigan, 48910

    Description:

    Properly used, process maps can change your entire approach to business process management…and greatly reduce the cost of your operations by eliminating as much as 50% of the steps in most processes as well as the root causes of systemic quality problems. This practical, how-to-do-it seminar will arm you with the knowledge you need to analyze the way your organization really operates, to identify opportunities for dramatic improvement and to implement process changes that will have immediate impact on quality, customer service, productivity and financial performance.

  • Process Redesign For Financial Services (May 2018)

    Dates:

    May 24, 2018.  9:00 am - 4:30 pm

    Location:

    The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, 3535 Forest Rd, Lansing, Michigan, 48910

    Description:

    To survive and grow today, financial service companies must design business processes that engage customers/members and deliver service value that differentiates your organization from the competition.

    This seminar will arm you with process redesign tools and a roadmap to determine which process and technology changes will have the most impact on customer/member satisfaction, retention and service quality.  Act now.  Enroll a team of key leaders today.

  • Process Transformation: Improving and Innovating Performance (June 2018)

    Dates:

    June 6 - 7, 2018.  9:00 am - 4:30 pm.

    Location:

    James B. Henry Center for Executive Development, 3535 Forest Road, Lansing, MI 48910

    Description:

    This seminar will arm you classic process improvement skills (SPC, Lean, Six Sigma) and creative redesign techniques so you are able to deliver both continuous improvement and breakthrough solutions for your organization.

  • Succession Planning (October 2018)

    Dates:

    October 12, 2018

    Location:

    East Lansing Marriott at University Place, 300 M.A.C. Avenue, East Lansing, MI 48823

    Description:

    Succession planning is a systematic and planned process of identifying and developing candidates for key managerial and professional leadership positions over time in order to ensure that an organization has continuity in management and leadership. Participants in this seminar will practice succession planning steps through case analysis, exercises, dynamic group discussions, and developing a succession plan for their organization.

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