Third Annual Muskegon Business Resource Connect Set for June 12

A presentation at the 2017 Muskegon Business Resource Connect event.

A presentation at the 2017 Muskegon Business Resource Connect event.

The Third Annual Muskegon Business Resource Connect, a networking event, is set for Tuesday, June 12, from 8-11 a.m. at the Muskegon Innovation Hub, 200 Viridian Dr. in downtown Muskegon.

Free and open to the public, the event has limited seating. Interested individuals must pre-register by visiting and searching for Muskegon Business Resource Connect. Along with coffee and juice, a continental breakfast will be served.

The event is sponsored by the Muskegon Business Resource Team (BRT), which is 18 local, regional, and state business support organizations who work together to help local businesses grow and thrive. Blue Cross Blue Shield is the premier sponsor for this event and Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) is the partner sponsor.

Rob Ptacek, the President and CEO at Competitive Edge Training and Consulting in Allegan, MI, will be the keynote speaker. He will discuss winning at recruitment and retention through company culture. He has more than 25 years of practical experience implementing continuous improvements in a variety of industries.

The first Muskegon Business Resource Connect event was held in June 2016 and the second in April 2017.

“This will be the BRT’s third Business Resource Connect, which gives business leaders an informal networking environment to learn more about and engage with business resource partners,” explained Darryl Todd, Interim President and CEO of Muskegon Area First. “BRT partners serve businesses in all stages, from the ideation all the way through to mature companies.  This event has been well received and is becoming a valuable support tool to further business growth we’ve seen in Muskegon County.

“MCC is a proud member of the Business Resource Team and identifies the need to streamline resources available to businesses,” said Cyndi Langlois, Associate Dean of Workforce and Talent Development at Muskegon Community College.

BRT focuses on topics around obtaining a skilled workforce, entrepreneurial development, and business growth and expansion. BRT partner services include business planning, employee training and recruitment, business expansion resources, support for exporting, human resource management issues, government contracting, funding sources, and entrepreneurial resources, and a variety of other services, many of which are free to the business.

For more information, contact Darryl Todd, Muskegon Area First or Dawn Johnson, Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce at (231) 722-3751 or by email at