TRAVERSE CITY (WWJ) — The Plymouth-based Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center has set its “Proud to Manufacture In Michigan II” event for Sept. 18 and 19 at the Hagerty Conference Center, 715 E. Front St., on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.

MMTC officials say this energetic Michigan conference brings together the movers, shakers and owners of Michigan small to medium-sized manufacturers from across the state. Attendees will discuss critical business issues and emerging trends with peers in an atmosphere designed to build relationships.

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Breakout sessions will focus on leveraging innovation, why exporting matters, succession planning in family business, team alignment on supply chain management, aligning and driving leadership development and bench depth through employee development.

A special keynote speaker will be Sarah Miller Caldicott, a great grandniece of Thomas Edison, who ended a 25-year career as a marketing executive to spend three years researching Edison’s innovation methods with experts at Rutgers University. Her resulting book on Edison’s innovation methods is “Innovate Like Edison: The Five Step System For Breakthrough Business Success.”

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There will also be “best practices tours” of three Traverse City-area manufacturers.

The cost of the event is $249 per attendee.

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To register for the event, visit or call (888) 414-6682.