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Press Release

August 9, 2010

CONTACT:   Matt Bach
Dir. of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317 or

Ernesto Sirolli Brings Enterprise Facilitation Method to Michigan


Who is Ernesto Sirolli, and why is the Michigan Municipal League Foundation bringing him to Michigan?

A year ago in rural Missouri, the small town of Cosby didn’t even have a soda machine in its deserted downtown. Today Gina’s Café serves up a full daily menu, while nearby Albany has added everything from a highway motel to a new recycling center.

In two South Dakota counties, a Sirolli Enterprise Facilitation group helped create 58 new businesses, expanded 21 others and created or retained more than 300 jobs in a single decade.

From Kansas to the Congo, the Sirolli Institute’s Enterprise Facilitation program is reversing Main Street mortality rates. The Michigan Municipal League Foundation and the League's Center for 21st Century Communities program hope to bring that same success to local communities struggling to reinvent and revitalize their economic base.

To give our members an introduction to the Sirolli method and how it can work for their community, we’ve invited founder and CEO Ernesto Sirolli to head up our Entrepreneurship breakout session on Wednesday during the League’s 112th Annual Convention, Sept. 21-24 in Dearborn. (Not signed up yet? Register here.)

Then in October, we’re offering the full Sirolli workshop “Attracting and Retaining Entrepreneurs,” at these locations –
Oct. 26 – Bay de Noc Community College, Escanaba
Oct. 27 – Ramada Inn, Ludington
Oct. 28 – Bay Valley Resort & Conference Center, Bay City
Oct. 29 – League Office, Lansing

We’ve been able to offset some of the cost thanks to a grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority – so registration is just $70 for members and $125 for non-members. By the end of the day, participants will be armed with everything they need to write an entrepreneurial-based economic development plan for your community.

Click here to register!




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