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Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel and Conference Center

2424 South Mission Street

Mount Pleasant, MI 48858

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Join us in Mount Pleasant, MI for the “Senior Services Conference”, our first combined fall conference!

October 18 - 20, 2017

We are excited to announce the start of a new collaborative effort to increase networking and learning opportunities for members of the following associations through a combined Fall Conference called “Aging Services in Michigan”:

  • Michigan Adult Day Services Association (MADSA)
  • Michigan Directors of Services to the Aging (MDSA)
  • Michigan Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Providers (MANASP)

The conference is designed to engage every level of leadership (day center staff, nutrition providers, program managers and executives) in organizations that serve seniors at a grassroots level. Together, we will explore "hot topics" in our industry, learn innovative approaches to engage aging adults, and network among peers to strengthen our programs.



REGISTRATION:

  • EARLY BIRD: $100 per person
  • Both credit cards and checks are accepted.
    • Use Event Brite to check-out with a credit card. A $6.49 per person transaction fee will apply.
    • Checks should be made to “MDSA” and mailed to Howard, Manistee Council on Aging, ATTN: Senior Services Conference, 457 River Street, Manistee, MI 49660.
  • Cancellation policy: Cancellations will be honored with a full refund 2 weeks in advance (October 4, 2017). No other refunds will be honored.

HOTEL ACCOMODATIONS:

Hotel Rooms are available at the Comfort Inn and Suites at a government rate of $75 per night. Be sure to reserve soon! The room block ends 9/27/2017. Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out by Noon. If you need to cancel your reservation, be sure to do so 24 hours in advance to avoid charges. To make your reservation, call 989-772-4000 and ask for the “MDSA” rate or click the link below:

https://www.choicehotels.com/michigan/mount-pleasant/comfort-inn-hotels/mi069/rates?checkInDate=2017-10-18&checkOutDate=2017-10-20&ratePlanCode=LMDSA



SILENT AUCTION:

  • Bring a fun silent auction item (or two) to donate!
  • Items should be new and could represent the community you reside or provide services in, or perhaps a special talent you or your clients’ possess.
  • Proceeds from the auction will benefit all three associations evenly.
  • Wine, food or items manufactured in your community. Products that come from your participant’s talents, such as woodwork, arts or crafts.
  • Please bring cash or check!

AGENDA AT A GLANCE:

Wednesday, October 18

4:00 p.m. Hotel Check In

6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Meet and Greet at Bennigan's Irish Pub (includes hors d'oeuvres and cash car)

Thursday, October 19

8:30 - 9:00 AM Important Breakfast Meeting, All Associations

9:00 - 10:30 AM Association Business Meetings

10:45 - 11:45 AM Break Out Sessions

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM Fiesta Lunch and Keynote Address

1:00 - 2:00 PM Break Out Sessions

2:15 - 3:15 PM Break Out Sessions

3:30 - 4:30 PM Break Out Sessions

6:00 PM DINNER ON YOUR OWN at Mountain Town Station Brewery

Friday, October 20

9:00 - 10:00 AM Break Out Sessions

10:15 - 12:30 AM Break Out Sessions

Adjourn: LUNCH ON YOUR OWN



PRESENTERS AND TOPICS:

Thursday

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

  • “The Power of Statewide Collaboration”, Presentation and discussion from Scott Schreyer, President, MDSA

  • Silent Auction Opens

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

State Association Meetings for MADSA, MDSA and MANASP

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

BREAK

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

CHOOSE ONE OF THREE WORKSHOPS

Community Memory Screens

Track: Direct Care Team Members

Learn about the benefits of offering community memory screens to the seniors you serve, and how this can positively impact all of those involved. Since cognitive changes can vary in degree, it is important that more than one assessment tool be able to be utilized. By doing this, may offer a more accurate result of the potential memory changes that one is experiencing. Join Erin Wallace, Program Manager of Season Adult Day Health Services and Renee Pope, Recreational Therapist and Seasons Activity Manager for an interactive discussion on what these assessments are, best practices in implementation, and utilization of promoting your services with these individuals. This session will provide you with the tools and resources to begin implementing this beneficial and extra service!

Presenters: Renee Pope and Erin Wallace

Renee Pope graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Since graduating she has worked at Seasons Adult Day Services as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for the past 11 years. On a daily basis Renee provides an environment where those with dementia are socially engaged and involved in activities that enhance their quality of life. She was awarded the Ruth Helm’s Award in 2010 from the Michigan Association of Activity Professionals. This award is given to individuals who have dedicated and achieved exemplary and work in the activity field.

Erin Wallace has been working and volunteering with seniors, in particular those living signs and symptoms of dementia for almost 20 years. For the last 11 years of her career as Program Manager, she has overseen Seasons Adult Day Health Services in Midland, MI. Erin is the co-facilitator of an Early Memory Loss Program and assists in educating families and paid caregivers on best practices on caring for someone living with dementia. Erin has a strong and deep passion for caring for those living with cognitive loss, their families, and finding ways to help create moments of joy during what may be a difficult time in someone’s life. Erin graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Health Services and Gerontology.

Making Your Art Activities a Positive Process not Focusing on the Product: Part 1

Track: Direct Service Team Members

This session will introduce different art activities that can be offered in day centers for participants whose functional abilities are at different levels.

Presenter: Sandie Coffman, The Day Center of Evergreen

Sandie Coffman has extensive experience in the art world. She currently provides therapeutic art sessions on a weekly basis at The Day Center of Evergreen in Holland, Michigan. She also teaches elementary students and high school students through a home school program in Holland. Sandie’s creativity and ability to adapt art classes has enhanced the activity calendar in a huge way at the adult day program.

Aging and Adult Services Agency (AASA) Presentation

Track: Management Team Members

Come learn what the future entails for the AASA and the impact it will make on communities throughout Michigan. Scott is happy to answer questions, which can be submitted in advance to Cynthia Mayhew at cmayhew@shiawasseecoa.org.

Presenter: Scott Wamsley, Deputy Director, AASA

Scott Wamsley is the Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Aging & Adult Services Agency (AASA). Mr. Wamsley oversees the general operations of the agency in support of AASA Senior Deputy, Richard Kline, and is responsible for policy leadership, administrative and program budgets, financial monitoring and oversight, grantee technical assistance and ensuring the compliance of area agencies on aging, senior volunteer programs and other agency grantees with state and federal program and financial requirements. AASA administers more than $100 million annually to support programs and services for older adults and caregivers statewide. Mr. Wamsley holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Eastern Michigan University, and has been employed by AASA (formerly the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging) since June 1996.

11:45 – 1:00 p.m.

LUNCH: Fiesta Buffet

Keynote Address: Understanding Alzheimer’s disease

Serving individuals with Alzheimer’s disease presents a unique set of challenges in every aspect of elder care from direct service to treatment plans, meal delivery and elder abuse. Dr. Giordani will present updated information on the research and trends regarding Alzheimer’s, providing a general overview for all attendees.


Presenter: Dr. Bruno Giordani, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, Psychology and School of Nursing at the University of Michigan; Faculty Ombuds; Chief Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry; Associate Director, Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center

Dr. Giordani is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychology at the University of Michigan. He is the Director of the Neuropsychology Section and the Psychiatry Department’s Interim Chief Psychologist. He received his Master’s and PhD degrees in Psychology at the University of Virginia (specialties in clinical and health psychology, APA accredited), where he also completed an internship in Clinical Psychology (APA accredited) and a NIH Fellowship in Neuroscience. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan (APA accredited) and has been named a Fellow in the Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology divisions of the American Psychological Association. An active researcher and publisher, Dr. Giordani is currently involved in a number of federally and foundation-funded projects involving cognitive and behavioral consequences of medical illness, including cross-cultural studies in Africa and Asia and national and international clinical trials. He is involved in several training programs within the University for medical students, residents, and graduate students, including K-awardees, and serves as a primary research advisor and clinical supervisor for postdoctoral fellows in Clinical Neuropsychology in the Psychiatry Department’s Postdoctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Over the past several years, he has spoken extensively in Michigan and Ohio community settings and on local TV and radio promoting research in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. He is well known among local Alzheimer’s and dementia community leaders and currently is the Board Chair of the Michigan Alzheimer’s Association, Great Lakes Chapter, and its national representative.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

CHOSE ONE OF THREE WORKSHOPS

Making Your Art Activities a Positive Process not Focusing on the Product: Part 1

Track: Direct Service Team Members

This session will introduce different art activities that can be offered in day centers for participants whose functional abilities are at different levels.

Presenter: Sandie Coffman, The Day Center of Evergreen

Sandie Coffman has extensive experience in the art world. She currently provides therapeutic art sessions on a weekly basis at The Day Center of Evergreen in Holland, Michigan. She also teaches elementary students and high school students through a home school program in Holland. Sandie’s creativity and ability to adapt art classes has enhanced the activity calendar in a huge way at the adult day program.

National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services (NANASP): Part 1

Track: Management Team Members

Bob Blancato will provide an up to date report on activities in Washington that impact older adult nutrition programs and services. This will include the status of funding for FY 2018 and status of pending legislation especially the Farm Bill. The session will also cover work by NANASP on a national grant to study the impact and value of socialization to older adults in the congregate nutrition program. Finally it will cover the ongoing work of the Defeat Malnutrition Coalition and its recent National Blueprint Achieving Quality Malnutrition Care for Older Adults. Questions can be submitted in advance to Jyme Hager, jhager@thecouncilonaging.org.

Presenter: Bob Blancato, Executive Director, NANASP

Since 1996, Bob has served as President of Matz, Blancato & Associates, a firm specializing in government affairs, association and coalition management, and advocacy services to provide staffing to NANASP. Blancato’s career in aging for more than 30 years in public service in both the Congress and the Executive Branch includes serving as Staff Director of the House Select Committee on Aging’s Subcommittee on Human Services from 1977 through 1988 and as Senior Advisor until 1993. Bob currently serves on the Executive Committee, as the Immediate Past President of the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, President of Americans for Long-Term Care Security, Chairman of the National Silver Haired Congress Advisory Council, Special Advisor to the Board of Generations United and is on the Board of Directors for the American Society on Aging, the Greater Washington urban League and Senior Navigator. Previously, Blancato was an original member of the Board of Directors of Citymeals-on-Wheels USA and served as President of the National Meals on Wheels Foundation. In addition, Blancato serves as National Coordinator for the Elder Justice Coalition, a national advocacy voice supporting elder justice in American. He served on the Policy Committee and Executive Committee of the 2005 White House Conference on aging, appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Bob was a member of the United States delegation to the United Nations World Assembly on Aging in 1982 in Vienna and was selected as a delegate to the 1998 White House Conference on Social Security. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Georgetown University and a Master of Public Administration from American University.

What’s New in Alzheimer’s Research?

Track: Anyone

At the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in London, England, the world’s leading dementia researchers, practitioners and care provider’s convene to share and learn the latest in Alzheimer’s and dementia research. Following his keynote address, join Dr. Bruno Giordani from the University of Michigan who will discuss in more detail the latest Alzheimer’s studies and specific new research that came out of the International Conference.

Presenter: Dr. Bruno Giordani, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, Psychology and School of Nursing at the University of Michigan; Faculty Ombuds; Chief Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry; Associate Director, Michigan Alzheimer's Disease Center

Dr. Giordani is an Associate Professor (with tenure) in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Psychologyat the University of Michigan. He is the Director of the Neuropsychology Section and the Psychiatry Department’s Interim Chief Psychologist. He received his Master’s and PhD degrees in Psychology at the University of Virginia (specialties in clinical and health psychology, APA accredited), where he also completed an internship in Clinical Psychology (APA accredited) and a NIH Fellowship in Neuroscience. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan (APA accredited) and has been named a Fellow in the Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology divisions of the American Psychological Association. An active researcher and publisher, Dr. Giordani is currently involved in a number of federally and foundation-funded projects involving cognitive and behavioral consequences of medical illness, including cross-cultural studies in Africa and Asia and national and international clinical trials. He is involved in several training programs within the University for medical students, residents, and graduate students, including K-awardees, and serves as a primary research advisor and clinical supervisor for postdoctoral fellows in Clinical Neuropsychology in the Psychiatry Department’s Postdoctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Over the past several years, he has spoken extensively in Michigan and Ohio community settings and on local TV and radio promoting research in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. He is well known among local Alzheimer’s and dementia community leaders and currently is the Board Chair of the Michigan Alzheimer’s Association, Great Lakes Chapter, and its national representative.


2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

BREAK

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

CHOSE ONE OF THREE WORKSHOPS

The Power of Activities: Part 1

Track: Direct Care Team Members

What is the meaning of Therapeutic Activities? How can you enrich your activity program to meet the needs of your clients? In this session Renee Pope, CTRS and Amy Sheridan, CTRS will cover step by step facilitation techniques that will teach you how to highlight specific areas of each activity to ensure its success. These techniques will enhance your program and help make the activities therapeutic and most importantly meaningful. In this session you will also learn about what key components make a well-rounded activity calendar and how to individualize programming for all levels of dementia.

  • What are TR activities

  • How to facilitate them (cover some information things/power point)

  • Calendar must haves

  • Programming for all levels of dementia (parallel)

Presenters: Renee Pope and Amy Sheridan

Renee Pope graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Since graduating she has worked at Seasons Adult Day Services as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for the past 11 years. On a daily basis Renee provides an environment where those with dementia are socially engaged and involved in activities that enhance their quality of life. She was awarded the Ruth Helm’s Award in 2010 from the Michigan Association of Activity Professionals. This award is given to individuals who have dedicated and achieved exemplary and work in the activity field.

Amy Sheridan is an Activity Coordinator and CTRS at Seasons Adult Day Health Services in Midland, MI where she has worked for the past four years. Her experience to date has set a foundation of caring, compassion and person-centered care in working with seniors with Dementia. She strives to provide therapeutic programming tailored to the individuals’ strengths and interests. Amy graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and was awarded the Shining Star Award in 2016 from the Michigan Association of Activity Professionals.

One more Workshop To Be Announced

Attracting and Retaining a Vibrant Workforce

Track: Anyone

One of the greatest challenges facing employers today is finding and keeping good employees. This presentation explores effective employee retention strategies designed to attract, grow and retain the good employees necessary for building a stable work force. First, understanding why employees leave is important. Second, implementing employee retention strategies to get them to stay is an important key factor. Last, integrating different generations into one workplace presents both opportunities and challenges which together represent a vast pool of talent and skill.

Presenter: Greg Todd, SHRP, MMI Financial Group, Inc.

Greg Todd has 25 years’ experience in Human Resource Management in education and manufacturing. He first received his SPHR certification in 2008 and has actively worked as an independent HR consultant since relocating to Michigan. Through the years, he has trained hundreds of management personnel in the leadership skills and best-practices necessary to build and maintain a vibrant workforce. Greg now serves as the head of the Employee Benefits and HR Services business unit at MMI Financial Group, working with businesses throughout Mid-Michigan providing solutions for many of the problems they encounter with their workforce.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.

BREAK

Silent Auction Closes at 3:30 p.m.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

CHOOSE ONE OF THREE WORKSHOPS

The Power of Activities: Part 2

Track: Direct Care Team Members

Join Renee Pope, CTRS and Amy Sheridan, CTRS for this hands-on session where we will apply the techniques presented from part 1. In this interactive session you will participate in new and innovative activities while learning how to properly facilitate these at your center. Included in this session will be an opportunity for an activity idea exchange for attendees. Let the creativity flow!

Presenters: Renee Pope and Amy Sheridan

Renee Pope graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Since graduating she has worked at Seasons Adult Day Services as Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for the past 11 years. On a daily basis Renee provides an environment where those with dementia are socially engaged and involved in activities that enhance their quality of life. She was awarded the Ruth Helm’s Award in 2010 from the Michigan Association of Activity Professionals. This award is given to individuals who have dedicated and achieved exemplary and work in the activity field.

Amy Sheridan is an Activity Coordinator and CTRS at Seasons Adult Day Health Services in Midland, MI where she has worked for the past four years. Her experience to date has set a foundation of caring, compassion and person-centered care in working with seniors with Dementia. She strives to provide therapeutic programming tailored to the individuals’ strengths and interests. Amy graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation and was awarded the Shining Star Award in 2016 from the Michigan Association of Activity Professionals.

APS Referral Process 101

Track: Anyone

Learn the information needed for making an APS referral by identifying situations which rise to the level of making the referral. Cynthia will help us understand the difference between capacity and competency as well as review mandatory reporter responsibilities. She will also explain what it means when an APS referral is denied.

Presenter: Cynthia Farrell, Adult Services Program Manager, Adult Services Policy unit, AASA

Cynthia Farrell is the Adult Services Program Manager for the Adult Services Policy unit within the Aging and Adult Services Agency which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services. She has been with the Department since 1993 with progressive responsibilities including oversight and administration of policies and procedures for two adult services programs; Adult Community Placement and Adult Protective Services. Cynthia G. Farrell has extensive knowledge about adult service issues, having worked in the adult services program area for 24 years with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in various roles. Ms. Farrell has a total of 25 years with the State of Michigan.

In 1990, Ms. Farrell earned her a bachelor’s degree in human development with a concentration in gerontology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She is very passionate about adult services issues. She has been a member of the Adult Foster Care Licensing Council 2003-2015, as well as the DHS representative for the Long Term Care Commission from 2005 to 2008. Ms. Farrell was a member of the Developmental Disabilities Council from 2005-2010.

Enhancing the Senior Dining Experience

Track: Anyone

In this session we will talk about the importance of the senior nutrition program and the community impact of malnutrition. We will consider ways to enhance and change our recipes and talk about the updated nutritional guidelines. Stephanie will be providing about 20-25 recipes geared to Fall/Winter menus and we encourage every meal program to bring recipes to share! Other things that will be covered in this session include: decreasing meal costs; and home delivered and congregate meals.

Presenter: Stephanie Gjonaj, Registered Dietitian, AAA 1-B

Stephanie Gjonaj (Joe-Ni), is a Registered Dietician Nutritionist with 10 years of experience, including geriatric nutrition, diabetes management, bariatric surgery counseling, and menu development. Her passions include developing menus that can be geared to a specific person’s medical needs and altering recipes to make healthier, tasty varieties.

4:30 p.m.

Silent Auction Winners Announced

5:30 p.m.

Tour of the Isabella County COA

Meet in the Lobby

6:00 p.m.

Dinner and Entertainment | Meet in the Hotel Lobby

Dinner and drinks on your own.

Destination:

Mountain Town Station Brewing

506 W. Broadway

Mount Pleasant, MI

FRIDAY

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

CHOOSE ONE OF TWO WORKSHOPS

Labor Law and YOU

Track: Management Team Members

Is your employee handbook up-to-date? In this workshop, you will learn how to build a complete, current, and effective handbook. You will learn about terms that must be included, should be included, and cannot be included. And, you’ll receive sample language for some of the important elements that your current handbook might be missing.

Presenter: Tony Comden , Attorney at Law, Miller Johnson Attorneys

Tony is a partner at the Miller Johnson law firm, based in Grand Rapids. Tony advises many clients on employment law and human resource issues and regularly represents employers in employment litigation in state and federal court. When not working, Tony is a huge fan of all University of Michigan sports teams, where he received both his undergraduate and law degrees. Tony and his family live in Zeeland.

Strengthening Your Organization through Advocacy

Track: Anyone

It is vital to advocate on behalf of public policies that strengthen your organization's mission in order to achieve long-term success. This workshop will provide basic information on how 501(c)(3) nonprofits can engage in advocacy work. We will walk through how to build a successful advocacy plan, as well as how to create buy-in from leaders in your organization for that plan. Additionally, we will examine key public policy issues that deserve your advocacy attention.


Speaker: Jenny Kinney, Michigan League for Public Policy

Jenny Kinne joined the Michigan League for Public Policy staff as community engagement specialist in 2016. Prior to joining the League, she worked as a grassroots organizer for a variety of nonprofit organizations in Grand Rapids, where she built volunteer programming and community training initiatives to foster political activism. She currently serves as President of the Grand Rapids Chapter of the National Organization for Women, which is an organization addressing systemic inequality in the Grand Rapids area. She also works as a volunteer host of WYCE's Catalyst Radio, interviewing people working on social change, community support, media and free speech issues.

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

BREAK

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.

Labor Law and You: Part 2

Strengthening Your Organization through Advocacy Part 2

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

BREAK

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

CHOOSE ONE OF TWO WORKSHOPS

20 Hot Tips to Raise Money for Senior Nutrition (or any program)

Track: Anyone

If you’re responsible for raising more money from individuals each year, then this session is for you. Come hear about the best tips, tests, and creative techniques to help you raise more money. Revamp your new donor acquisition, upgrade existing donors and increase your donor retention. Learn about proven direct marketing techniques and strategies from professional fundraisers who have been there-done it all-and are willing to share their secrets. Whether you are new to fundraising or are a seasoned veteran, you will get simple, practical tips you can put to use today to raise more money. We’ll cover some best practice basics and much, much more.

Presenter: Kate Zidek, CFRE, Director of Client Services, Cooperative Business

Kate leads Lautman Maska Neill and Company’s Meals on Wheels Co-op team in client service, fundraising strategy and new business. With over 20 years or experience in the nonprofit sector, Kate has dedicated her career to helping organizations further their missions through successful fundraising. Her robust nonprofit experience enables her to help provide the outstanding fundraising strategies and support that our clients need to achieve their fundraising and program goals. Before joining Lautman, Kate was Chief Development officer at Meals on Wheels San Antonio, Texas. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Development at Air Force Villages in San Antonio, where she first feel in love with raising money to help seniors. A native Texan, Kate and her husband, an Air Force Officer now assigned to the Pentagon, relocated to the DC area in 2015. Active in AFP as a board member of the San Antonio chapter, Kate has earned the professional fundraising credential of CFRE, and her Master’s in Public Administration. In addition to exploring all that the capital area has to offer, Kate enjoys kayaking, cycling, reading and spending time with her beloved “senior” rescue dog.

Generational Marketing, Boomers and Beyond

Track: Anyone

Baby Boomers are one of the largest age segments with 74.9 million in the 51 - 69 range. Now, Millennials have slightly overtaken boomers, at 75. 4 million in the age range of 18-34. Knowing your target audience and their habits is a key to running successful advertising and marketing campaigns. Learn to plan your marketing mix, define messaging and choose tactics that are the best fit for your organization or business and for your target market. The key to success is understanding how to blend traditional advertising methods with new online and technology based tactics.

Presenter: Laura Holmes, Co-Owner, FineLine Creative

Laura is the co-owner of FineLine Creative a full service marketing agency, founded in 2003. In 2015, FineLine was recognized as one of 30 Entrepreneurs of Excellence by the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber. In 2013, FineLine was one of 35 finalists for the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “Top Women Owned Businesses.” Being a successful small business owner, she felt compelled to help other start-up businesses. Through the Small Business & Design Center (SBDC) in Muskegon, she volunteers and teaches marketing strategy courses several times each year. And, besides cooking up strategic plans for FineLine customers, she serves as the Marketing Director for Michigan Irish Music Festival and also in her spare time, Laura Published a book called I’ve Gotta Pack and writes a monthly travel blog. She is also a contributing writer for West Michigan Plus Magazine. For more info on her book and blog: www.contentqueens.net.

ADJOURN! Lunch on your own. See you next year!


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