April CanDo! Meeting To Feature Marshall Plan For Talent

As Michigan’s economy continues to improve, it is essential that there is a robust talent pipeline ready to fill the growing number of high-demand, high-wage careers both today and tomorrow. To address this challenge, the state recently launched the Marshall Plan for Talent. This plan will be the focus of the April 25 CanDo! meeting.

The Marshall Plan for Talent is a transformational partnership between educators, employers and other stakeholders to enhance Michigan’s talent pipeline and redesign the ways we invest, develop and attract talent in our state. It inspires and challenges government, educators, employers and parents to work more closely and recognize Michigan’s bright future depends on their collaboration.

“The Charlotte area has made great strides in the last few years preparing youth for jobs in a changing economy,” said CanDo! chairman Gregg Guetschow. “The CanDo! board believes the future vitality of our area depends on our remaining in the forefront of initiatives like the Marshall Plan for Talent.”

CanDo! has invited Ed Koledo to address this important topic. Mr. Koledo is the Senior Deputy for Talent Development in Michigan’s Department of Talent and Economic Development. Mr. Koledo is a former high school math teacher and superintendent for Linden Community Schools. He also served as Career and College Access Coordinator for Genesee County.

The April 25 CanDo! meeting will be held at the Charlotte Public Schools Administrative Offices, 378 State Street, beginning at 7:00 a.m.  CanDo! meetings are free to attend and open to the general public. Coffee and a light breakfast are provided at no cost to attendees.

CanDo! to Focus on Arts and Culture in March

This month, CanDo! (Charlotte Area Networking for Development and Opportunity) shifts its focus to the role that arts and culture play in a thriving, sustainable community.  The featured speaker will be Debbie Mikula from the Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

Ms. Mikula has been a “creative placemaker” since 1981 and has served as the Arts Council’s executive director since 2013. Her career has spanned working nationally with the League of Historic American Theatres, statewide with the Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies, and locally with arts organizations like the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan. She believes that a place is made special by utilizing the arts as a driving force for change, improvement and revitalization.

Throughout the country, cities are scrambling to find ways to reinvent and revitalize downtowns, commercial districts and neighborhoods. Art and culture can play important roles and be the tipping point that all are looking for in Charlotte.

“Charlotte’s arts scene has been particular vibrant during the last few years,” said Gregg Guetschow, CanDo! Chairman. “We expect Debbie Mikula’s presentation to spark some big ideas for even more initiatives that local residents and organizations can undertake.”

Debbie Mikula will share her expertise with attendees on creative placemaking and also delve into the importance of advocating for more local and municipal resources dedicated to arts, culture and creativity.

Ms. Mikula’s presentation will be supplemented by Charlotte High School alumna Kelsey Adams. She will be sharing information about the upcoming cultural plan she is developing as part of her graduate studies.

The March 28 meeting will be held at the Charlotte Community Library, 226 S. Bostwick Street, beginning at 7:00 a.m. CanDo! general meetings are free to attend and open to the general public. Coffee and a light breakfast are provided at no cost to attendees. Information about CanDo! is available on its Facebook page and at www.charlottecando.org.

February CanDo! Meeting Features Presentation By Joan Nelson

Each month, CanDo! (Charlotte Area Networking for Development and Opportunity) explores another one of the Seven Elements of Healthy Communities in an effort to incubate remarkable ideas that will help move the community forward. A February 28 presentation by Joan Nelson will focus on meeting basic needs of local residents.

Ms. Nelson is a co-founder and Executive Director of Allen Neighborhood Center, a 20-year-old community development agency located in Lansing. She oversees an array of programs focused on health, food, art, economic development and neighborhood capacity building.  She attended Michigan State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in social science and a master’s degree in health education and exercise physiology.

“We are excited to bring Joan to Charlotte,” said Gregg Guetschow, CanDo! Chairman. “Allen Neighborhood Center is a model that offers examples of creative ways to improve people’s lives.”

Allen Neighborhood Center provides programs and activities that support the health and well-being of people and neighborhoods in the northeast quadrant of Lansing. Its signature projects include the Allen Farmers Market, a health enrollment site, Hunter Park GardenHouse gardening/farm education center, Allen Market Place food resource center, and Exchange Food Hub online wholesale market.

The February 28 meeting will be held at the Charlotte Community Library, 226 S. Bostwick Street, beginning at 7:00 a.m. CanDo! general meetings are free to attend and open to the general public. Coffee and a light breakfast are provided at no cost to attendees. Information about CanDo! is available on its Facebook page and at www.charlottecando.org.

5 Minutes Tops Youth Entrepreneurship Competition

Charlotte High School, Eaton RESA’s career and technical education program, and the Youth Pillar of CanDo!, are pleased to announce the second annual Charlotte 5 Minutes Tops youth entrepreneurship local pitch competition! Hosted at The Hall in downtown Charlotte on February 8th, 2018, from 5:30-7:30, the event will give local youth entrepreneurs an opportunity to pitch their business ideas to real investors to secure real funding for their start ups.

How Does it Work?

Here is how a local 5 Minutes Tops event is structured:

  1. Local business and industry leaders who would like to participate provide a small investment and have the option of serving on a panel of judges.
  2. Students develop a business idea, complete with a business and marketing plan.
  3. On the night of the event, youth entrepreneurs get 5 minutes to pitch their ideas to the panel of judges.
  4. Once all of the pitches have been heard, the judges decide how to distribute the investments. All of the money provided goes directly to the youth entrepreneurs to help them with their businesses.
  5. The top money winner is automatically entered into the regional 5 Minutes Tops competition, which takes place in March at LCC West Campus. This also gives them the chance to be a part of LEAP’s Lansing Youth Start Up Expo at the Lansing Center!
  6. Additional information, as well as an informative video, can be found that the 5 Minutes Tops website: http://www.5minutestops.com

Investment Opportunities

We need your help to make this wonderful opportunity a reality for our kids. Our goal is to raise between $500 and $1000 in investments, and to have between 5 and 10 entrepreneurs pitch their ideas. Again, all of the money raised goes directly into local youth businesses. We have two different opportunities for you to be involved:

Sponsorship ($100)

For $100, you will receive the following benefits:

  1. Recognition as a 5 Minutes Tops sponsor on all documents associated with the Charlotte event
  2. Recognition as a sponsor at the event itself
  3. The knowledge that you helped launch or sustain a youth entrepreneur’s business

 Partnership ($200)

For $200, you will receive the following benefits:

  1. Recognition as a 5 Minutes Tops partner on all documents associated with the Charlotte event
  2. Recognition as a partner at the event itself
  3. A seat on the panel that will decide how to distribute the investments to the youth entrepreneurs
  4. The benefit of knowing that you helped launch or sustain a youth entrepreneur’s business

Who Do I Contact, and How Can I Invest?

Please direct all questions about the event or the program to Lucas Schrauben, career counselor at Eaton RESA (lschrauben@eatonresa.org), or Bill Barnes (barnesw@charlottenet.org), principal at Charlotte High School.

If you would like to be a partner or sponsor, please submit the 5 Minute Tops Investment Form, along with a check made out to Charlotte High School – 5 Minutes Tops Competition, to:

Charlotte High School
c/o Bill Barnes, 5 Minutes Tops
378 State St
Charlotte, MI 48813

Checks are due by Wednesday, 2/7. However, please notify Lucas or Bill by Wednesday, 1/24/18 if you are interested in participating and at what level so we can include your information in our promotional materials. Thank you for your support of the second annual Charlotte local 5 Minutes Tops youth entrepreneurship program!

 

January Meeting Features Conversation With Matt Rush

Charlotte Can Do! is a local nonprofit think tank, whose primary purpose is to “incubate remarkable ideas.” Using a framework of the Seven Elements of Healthy Communities, the group considers a different element each month.  The elements include economy, the arts, education, health and wellness, neighborhoods and communities, basic needs, and environment.

Can Do! meets monthly and invites interested community members to its first session for 2018 on Wednesday, January 24 at 7:00 AM, featuring a conversation with Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital CEO Matt Rush.  The conversation will focus on the ‘economy’ element and consider various questions about how our community’s economy will be strengthened or not, based on how we harness various opportunities.

For this year’s programs, Chairman Gregg Guetschow posed the question “What’s the Big Idea?” and encouraged participants to consider barriers that, if addressed, could help the community move forward to the “next level” of success.  Community members brainstormed many ideas they felt were the highest priority for Can Do’s focus this year.  Their big ideas reflect the tremendous momentum in Charlotte right now with increasing participation from leaders of all ages.

The January session with Mr. Rush will consider thought-provoking questions about how to harness the opportunities before us. Positive changes in communities sometimes await the transformation that comes from a different way of thinking about challenges and opportunities. How can we ask a different kind of question that helps us to see things from new perspectives? How does the way we lead change our community’s capacity and impact our economic vitality?

This session will be a great way to start your day and kick off the year with CanDo! All are welcome to this free and open session, which takes place at the Charlotte Community Library at 226 Bostwick Street.  A light breakfast and coffee will be provided.