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2017: Successful Innovative Ideas in Rural Areas

Co-Learning Plan - 2017

Authors: Marv Pichla, Inspiring Innovation LLC


This project will create a cooperative set of practices and initiatives to encourage entrepreneurial activity in Briley Township. Specifically, it will produce a Guide Book for Community Enhancement that will establish a formalized, user-friendly process for encouraging the identification and development of innovative collaboration, commerce, communication, building projects and programs. By disseminating this knowledge throughout Briley Township, a rural area with high unemployment, the goal is to spur innovation and improve the standing of the region as an entrepreneurial area.

Project Updated As Of September 30th, 2017

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Marv PichlaMarv Pichla, Inspiring Innovation LLC

Marv Pichla is the Owner and Creative Advisor of Inspiring Innovations, Inc. His consulting service includes sharing his unique entrepreneurship and innovation customer service experience, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! a mid-Michigan workforce and business development agency. As Executive Director, Marv used creativity and innovation as his guide for regional business building, career development, employment service, education and strategic partnership/planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the leadership principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Central Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from the School of Business & Management at Capella University in Minnesota.

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