EAST LANSING, MI – Registration is open for the 2017 Market Manager Certificate Program (MMCP), hosted by Michigan Farmers Markets Association (MIFMA) for its seventh year. This voluntary program takes place in February and March and is designed to encourage farmers market managers to pursue leadership skills and professional development in topics essential to market management. Register for the full program or learn more at www.mifma.org/mmcp.
The full program includes three in-person sessions and seven webinars, totaling more than 35 hours of instruction. Michigan will host two sites in Novi and Gaylord, with locations also in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana. The in-person sessions will be held on Friday and Saturday, February 10-11, 2017, with webinars taking place throughout the month of February and into early March. The program will conclude in Michigan with final presentations at the Michigan Farmers Market Conference on Tuesday, March 7.
By participating in the program, attendees have the opportunity to network with other managers around the state while focusing on topics such as business planning, managing market growth, market governance, policy and enforcement, communication strategies, financial management and fundraising, and much more. Individuals who complete the full program receive a certificate acknowledging that they are a professionally trained farmers market managers. Since the program began in 2011, the first of its kind in the nation, 185 market managers from across the Midwest have earned this certification.
Registration for the full program is $300 for members of MIFMA and the Hoosier and Illinois Farmers Market Associations. The cost for individual webinar registration is $20 for members of MIFMA, the Hoosier and Illinois Farmers Market Associations and Farmers Market Coalition members or $50 for non-members. Individuals looking to participate in the program can register online at www.mifma.org/mmcp by January 17, 2017.
To see the full Market Manager Certificate Program brochure or to get more information, visit www.mifma.org/mmcp or call 517-432-3381.