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Know and Grow Networking Event for Economic Development Pros and Emerging Leaders

22 Know Grow NetworkingThis free event will be held on Monday, September 19th from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Nuthouse in Lansing.

About the Event

Just a simple, complimentary networking event for Michigan's economic development community. 

Economic developers and their partners in community development, talent development, environmental, housing, etc. are invited to this casual afternoon of meeting and mingling.

As relationships are vital to successful economic development, Basic Course attendees, as well students that are interested in an economic development career are strongly encouraged to attend.

Cost

Free to all. 

NOTE: This event is in conjunction with Michigan's Economic Development Basic Course, so you will not need to register for this if you are already attending that training. We will remind you!

Date and Time

Monday, September 19, 2022
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Location

Nuthouse Sports Grill
420 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Cancellation Policy

While this is a free event, your 24-hour notice of cancellation is appreciated for our planning. Email Cassandra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration

  • Please register by noon on Friday, September 16th.

Creative Solutions for Funding Your Economic Development Organization

22 AM Creative Solutions EDO FundingThis session will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit Hotel. 

Session

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Creative Funding Solutions for Your EDO
Meet with fellow practitioners to discuss ideas on funding your EDO.
Clint Nessmith, Chief Executive Officer, Resource Development Group (RDG)

Lunch provided.

Thank You Sponsors

Resource Development Group

Resource Development GroupResource Development Group (RDG) is a fundraising consulting firm specifically focused on capital campaign management for economic development programming and initiatives. In addition to capital campaign management, they conduct feasibility studies; best practice research and implementation; and board and organizational restructuring. Their client base includes chambers of commerce and economic development organizations throughout the United States. RDG is based in Columbus, Ohio, with offices in Atlanta and Statesboro, Georgia, Fort Worth, Texas, and Hendersonville, North Carolina. While their real job is to provide professional campaign counsel, their mission is to help your non-profit organization elevate! Over the past 25 + years, RDG has managed over 200 client engagements, generating over two billion dollars in operating and project revenue for our clients.

Cost

Registration: MEDA Members $40/Non-Members: $60

Free for MEDA Annual Meeting Attendees. If you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, register here.

Recertification Credits

This event has been approved for (1) continuing education credit for Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from the National Development Council (NDC). Use the form on this page to claim your credit.

Registration

Cancellations must be received in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 24 hours prior to the event in order to receive a refund. Attendees who do not attend or cancel will be charged the full registration fee.

Educational Webinar: Entrepreneurship Resilience

Entrepreneurship Resilience on Demand GraphicThis webinar was recorded on May 24th, 2022, but you can access it anytime.

Session

Entrepreneurship Resilience
During COVID International Strategic Management, Inc. Founder and CEO Faris Alami met with several small businesses to learn about their needs for success during these difficult times, and he used those findings to develop the Resilient Entrepreneur© canvas. This canvas is designed to prepare both leaders and entrepreneurs with a foundation in business sustainability and best practices both during and post-crisis. During this webinar, Faris will share how you can use this tool to help small businesses in your area capture the internal and external steps needed to move forward after a large business shift, such as COVID.
Faris Alami, Founder and CEO, International Strategic Management, Inc.

Cost

MEDA Members: $25
You must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you do not know your user ID and password, contact us at 517-241-0011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Webinar Subscribers: $0 via subscriber discount code
Staff of organizations that are webinar subscribers can register for webinars for free using their organization's subscriber discount code. To become a Webinar Subscriber or to view a current list of subscribing organizations, click here. If you do not know your organization's subscriber discount code, contact us at 517-241-0011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Non-Members/Non-Subscribers: $40
You simply register without logging in or applying a code. If you are interested in the discounts mentioned above, see Join MEDA contact us at 517-241-0011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Access this On-Demand Webinar

  1. Payment is required at registration if you do not have a subscription code.
  2. You will receive an email with a link to watch the webinar after filling out the registration form below.

Educational Webinar: Entrepreneurship for Underserved Communities

Please join us on Thursday, September 29th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for a Zoom Webinar.

Session

22 EUC Webinar GraphicEntrepreneurship for Underserved Communities

Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESOs) look for ways to engage and support entrepreneurs on their journey as they move through the startup and scaleup stages of business growth. Each community is different, defining its own best ways to support its entrepreneurs.

Still, there are common blocks to build upon when establishing entrepreneurship programs that support entrepreneurs “where they are.” Regardless of the availability or lack of resources, there are numerous ways to engage and support entrepreneurs. It is equally important to support them based on their backgrounds — such as whether a person “has to” or “chooses to” be an entrepreneur.

Faris Alami has worked in over 100 countries on entrepreneurship programming. He will share how understanding cultural competency can have a big impact on the results of the programming, who to engage during the development timeline, ways various communities have engaged their diverse entrepreneurs, and other best practices for deploying programs for under-served, under-represented or under-resourced communities locally and globally.

Faris Alami, Founder and CEO, International Strategic Management, Inc.

Cost

MEDA Members: $25
You must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you do not know your user ID and password, contact us at 517-241-0011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Webinar Subscribers: $0 via subscriber discount code
Staff of organizations that are webinar subscribers can register for webinars for free using their organization's subscriber discount code. To become a Webinar Subscriber or to view a current list of subscribing organizations, click here. If you do not know your organization's subscriber discount code, contact us at 517-241-0011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Non-Members/Non-Subscribers: $40
You simply register without logging in or applying a code. If you are interested in the discounts mentioned above, see Join MEDA contact us at 517-241-0011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanking Our Sponsor

Michigan STEM Forward

STEMForward600 1Ann Arbor SPARK and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) have launched Michigan STEM Forward, a statewide program that matches students attending Michigan colleges and universities with internship opportunities at the state’s leading innovative companies. Companies do not have to be in a specific industry, but all internships must be STEM-focused. Michigan STEM Forward provides students meaningful career experience and promotes job retention in the state, while providing financial support to companies who hire these interns. Who is eligible: 1) Students attending a Michigan college or university pursuing a STEM-related profession. 2) Companies based in Michigan that can be verified by their local economic development organization and/ or MEDC SmartZone. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Program Manager, today.

Recertification Credits

This event has been approved for (.5) continuing education credit for Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from the National Development Council (NDC). Use the form on this page to claim your credit.

Registration

  1. Payment is required at registration. If you use a subscriber discount code to pay, be sure to complete the registration process (ends with a thank you page).
  2. You will receive a confirmation email after registering with the Zoom link. We will also send the link again about 2 days before the webinar.
  3. Please register by Wednesday, September 28th at noon.
  4. We will open dial-in 15 minutes before the start of the webinar.

Cancellation Policy: You must notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of your cancellation 24 hours in advance of the webinar on Wednesday, September 28th at 10:00 a.m. in order to receive a refund.

Educational Webinar: Remote Ready Communities

2022 Remote Ready GraphicThis webinar was recorded on February 2, 2022, but you can access it anytime.

Session

Remote Ready Communities - Strategies for Attracting Remote Workers
As many companies are still deciding to go remote, there are ripe opportunities to attract workers who are looking for a new quality of life now that their job is not confined to one specific workspace. Remote-ready communities have what is in place to welcome the new workforce. Even rural communities can take advantage of this talent. Fourth Economy is keeping tabs on what communities across the country are doing to prepare and will share their findings.
Sally Guzik, Vice President Strategic Initiatives, Fourth Economy
Chris Worley, Senior Consultant Analytics, Fourth Economy 

Cost

MEDA Members: $25
You must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you do not know your user ID and password, contact us at 517-241-0011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Webinar Subscribers: $0
Staff of organizations that are webinar subscribers can access on-demand webinars for free using their organization's subscriber discount code. To become a Webinar Subscriber or to view a current list of subscribing organizations, click here. If you do not know your organization's code, contact us at 517-241-0011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Non-Members/Non-Subscribers: $40
You simply register without logging in or applying a code. If you are interested in the discounts mentioned above, see Join MEDA.

Access this On-Demand Webinar

  1. Payment is required at registration if you do not have a subscription code.
  2. You will receive an email with a link to watch the webinar after filling out the registration form below.

Corporate Sponsors

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Contact Us

Michigan Economic
Developers Association
P.O. Box 15096
Lansing, MI 48901-5096
PH: 517-241-0011
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