Thursday, July 31, 2014

Youth Traveling Cooperative Institute, with Save the Wild U.P., to offer free co-op business training

MARQUETTE -- The Youth Traveling Cooperative Institute (TCI) is sponsoring a FREE peer-to-peer cooperative business development and entrepreneurship training for folks in their late teens to early thirties. Through this training, you will get a better idea of what a cooperative is, how it could be relevant to your life, work, and community, as well as a glimpse at how to start one. Free workshops are being offered in the local area from July 31 through Aug. 8.

In the Upper Peninsula the Institute is cooperating with Save the Wild U.P. (SWUP) as their local host. SWUP's work to protect the natural and cultural resources of the Upper Peninsula align with the community asset building work being done through the Youth TCI.

Midwestern cooperative developers and educators who identify as youth (late teens to early 30s) will be traveling throughout the region to provide free workshops for their peers to train one another in cooperative business development. The workshops offer an opportunity to learn how cooperative entrepreneurship can play a role in helping youth  realize a dream job or help their community. In the Winter of 2014 and 2015, people who have attended the workshops and have an idea they want to develop can get a scholarship to attend a full day training in their region to incubate their project.

Here is a schedule of the free workshops:

Escanaba -- 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. TONIGHT, Wednesday, July 31, at 230 Ludington St.

Marquette -- 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3. Baraga Community Room.

Sault Ste Marie -- 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4. Chamber Meeting Room, 2581 I-75 Business Spur.

Hancock/Houghton -- 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Portage Lake District Library, 58 Huron Street, Houghton.

Ironwood -- 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Northwind Natural Food Co-op 116 S. Suffolk St.

For blog, full calendar, and more info visit See also their Facebook page.

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