Business Solutions Professional (BSP) Training (Grand Rapids)

Become part of the demand-driven evolution and an invaluable resource in your community.

If you think you bring value to your customers now, you’ll be amazed with what you’ll be able to offer after this training.

BSPs are the number one resource for customers on business expansion and incentives, accessing talent and training a workforce.

WHO'S IN THIS NETWORK?

State and federal funding streams, state agencies, education, economic and workforce development, and entities throughout the state whose mission it is to contribute to economic vitality.

Many are active, although not widely known outside of certain circles.

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?

Add value to your customers and play a more strategic role in your community.

As you begin to connect the dots among resources, your customer relationships will increase in value.

Get connected to large community projects and other opportunities. You may find yourself sitting at the table before projects even begin.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

Today's business world is not static and neither is the BSP program. 

Since its inception, the program has graduated over 1,000 BSPs, with 50% having been fully certified. That speaks to the value of the program. But the needs of today's business leaders are not the same as when the program began, so we've infused the BSP program with new energy. Participates will benefit from updated content, new resources and enhanced learning opportunities to reflect different audiences, a different economy and new ways of learning, connecting and growing.

In other words, this is not your father's BSP.

Training will include a mix of lecture, group discussion / activities, case studies and a capstone project.

NEW: To maximize classroom time, pre-requisite work will help ensure everyone begins the cohort with a shared understanding of the principles. Materials will be provided upon registration and are to be completed prior to the first meeting.

There’s more …  you can become a Certified BSP by completing additional fieldwork once you have completed the course.

WHO CAN BECOME A BSP?
  • Economic developers;
  • Michigan Works! Business Services staff;
  • Front-line workforce development staff;
  • Workforce Development Board members;
  • Grant writers;
  • Education administrators; 
  • Chambers of commerce;
  • State agency staff;
  • County administrators;
  • Business consultants
  • Service providers and
  • ... anyone interested providing better value to their customers
Dates (Attendees must be present for all dates)
  • April 19 & 20
  • May 24 & 25
  • June 21 & 22
Time

Registration - 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Training - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (lunch served)

Registration Fee

$950 (for six (6) day cohort)

WHERE

West Michigan Works! Service Center
215 Straight Ave. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be submitted in writing up to three (3) business days prior to the training to receive a full refund. Cancellations received less than three (3) business days prior to the training will be invoiced, and payments will not be refunded. No shows will be billed. Substitutions are welcomed.

Now Enrolling Feb 26