CBAN would like to welcome our newest associate member, The Mike Thissen Group.
Michael Thissen is the Founder of the Mike Thissen Group (MTG), A strategic planning firm using innovation and agile facilitation for communities and organizations who want to exist in the future. MTG has a nationwide footprint however the business is focused on the midwest to address the gaps and needs a community might have in going forward. "Communities and organizations sometimes need that outside resource to convene and blend a strategic plan with the realization that THEY are the ones they've been waiting for." Says Thissen. "We pull in the necessary collaborators to complete a living and breathing document for the client to utilize. We assign timelines and ownership and then we follow up so plans do not collect dust as they do so often".
Aside from the strategic planning department, MTG is also heavily engaged in start-up innovation and new infrastructure such as broadband and alternative energy to build a sustainable future. Michael has been pivotal in partnering with honest brokers to deliver rural broadband to residents most in need, recently landing a $5.7M project in Southern Indiana. "It is always a team approach as no one person can accomplish the sheer magnitude of the private, public, partnership. We have structured this model to benefit all involved." Michael also works very closely with local SBDC offices to help in business planning and judges entrepreneur pitch competitions as a "hobby". Previously Michael has worked in the public and academic sectors and was the lead part of teams that have won two national awards for innovation & community development. MTG is thrilled to be a member of CBAN and is available for free pre-consulting calls at Thissen@earthlink.net
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