Scaling Up Conference

Strategies to save wasted time

Processes to reduce frustration

Connections with AFC providers

About This Conference

Come join us!

May 14, 2024
11:30 AM to 5:30 PM

625 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Learn, grow, connect and have FUN!

You’re invited to join our second annual NEW and IMPROVED conference on Tuesday, May 14, 2024.

Learn strategies to save wasted time, increase facility income,  reduce frustration, and win AMAZING prizes.

Whether you want to improve the organization you currently have or open one or more new locations, we will show you how to streamline your staffing, audits, residents and licensing procedures.

Drastically reduce your stress and re-discover the joy of caring for your residents, staff – and yourself!

This conference is for current AFC owners and operators who desire to stay up to date on best-in-industry practices, value connections with AFC providers, and appreciate insight from experts.

Last year’s Scaling Up Conference delivered!

Care Provider Solutions and Enriched Living are proud to announce the second annual NEW and IMPROVED Scaling Up Event!

Join us as we teach and train adult foster care (AFC) owners and operators how to scale up their operations through resources, connections and best industry practices.

Come join us for an afternoon to learn, grow, connect and have FUN!

Breakout Sessions

Choose a session to learn from industry experts on *Managing resident behaviors, *Activities in AFCs - options and ideas, *Working smarter not harder with Recipient Rights, all topics to reduce burnout and stressful struggles.

Boost Your Confidence

Save wasted time and reduce frustration with training to attract employees that fit your organization's culture, tips to onboard employees for success, audit techniques, HCBS compliance tips and much, much MORE!

Implement Simple Systems

Regain hope and energy by learning strategies and processes for successful resident admissions with sufficient reimbursement rates to pay yourself, cover overhead, even make a profit!

What You’ll Learn

Being in business is tough

It doesn’t have to be this hard!

Whether you are experienced or new to owning an AFC, this course is for you if…

  • You desire more growth – with your existing AFC or adding more!
  • Streamline operations with multiple homes, residents and staff.
  • You struggle with making enough profit.
  • You are tired of the high turnover.
  • You want to prepare your AFC to be a desirable business to sell someday.
  • You love learning better ways to do things! Save time and hassle!
  • You want to shorten your learning curve.
  • You value continuing education and improvement.
  • You desire connections and collaboration to make your job easier.
  • You value support from other AFC owners.

Meet your keynote speakers

Nadine Carlson-Adult Foster Care System Specialist Consultant

Nadine Carlson

Co-Founder and Consultant for Care Provider Solutions.

My passion is to help owners and operators reduce the stress associated with running and operating Specialized Licensed Adult Foster Care homes. I understand running an AFC home and providing care can be overwhelming. My 12 years of experience running award-winning homes have given me an in-depth understanding of many common issues AFC residential assisted living homes face.

It is my privilege to partner with Enriched Living and other industry experts to help AFC owners grow and collaborate at the Scaling up Conference. This event is fun and filled with the tools to prevent burnout and eliminate the fake-it-until-you-make-it syndrome. It is so valuable to have many AFC Owners supporting each other, sharing resources and encouragement.

Laurie Labie-Enriched Living

Laurie Labie

Executive Director of Enriched Living

Enriched Living was founded in 2017 with the mission of making premium care accessible to all and to create warm and welcoming homes for adults with disabilities.

My team and I create communities of support for their residents through advocacy and education. They foster hope for vulnerable adults and their families by offering premium care and opportunities for growth.

Through Scaling Up and my collaboration with Care Provider Solutions, we use our skills to mentor and teach. We share some of what we and other industry experts have learned over the many years of being in the business. This helps the attendees avoid wasting time figuring it out on their own.

Breakout Session Presenter

Amber Bunce, MBA Corporate Operations Cornerstone AFC, Inc.

Amber Bunce, MBA

Chief Operating Officer of Cornerstone AFC, Inc

Amber Hernandez-Bunce is the Chief Operating Officer at Cornerstone Adult Foster Care. She was inspired to pursue her career in adult foster care because her family has a rich, passionate history of serving individuals with disabilities. Cornerstone is now operated by Amber and her sister Karmen along with an amazing team of administrators.

Cornerstone has a reputation of rehabilitating some of the state’s most challenging behavioral cases. The organization’s team currently operates 20 specialized residential and semi-independent programs in Michigan serving 26 Community Mental Health agencies.  

Amber has a passion for inspiring direct care staff and providers to be the very best they can be for the benefit of the individual served. She will use this enthusiasm to teach the breakout session topic of assessing, employee skill- building, advocating and compliance for residents with behaviors.

Event Location sponsor

simplifying the construction process
Simplifying the Construction Process

Presenting sponsors

Experts in medication management for long-term pharmacy care.
Experts in medication management for long-term pharmacy care.
AFC Accounting Solutions that Keep You On Track
AFC Accounting Solutions that Keep You On Track
Healthcare Realty Fund
Investing in the future of healthcare realty
Humana supports Care Provider Solutions with Scholarship
Bringing you the human side of healthcare

Table sponsors

Bringing Care Where it Should Be-Home
Bringing Care Where it Should Be - Home
Your partner for senior care solutions
Placement Services into AFC Homes - Western Michigan Capital Region - Grand Rapids West/Kalamazoo - West Michigan Lakeshore

Event sponsors

Skilled Nursing at your AFC to prevent hospitalizations and improve resident quality of care
Skilled Nursing at your AFC to prevent hospitalizations and improve resident quality of care
Helping AFC owners in W MI find the best suited property to buy
Helping AFC owners in W MI find the best property to buy for business

Invest in your success

Join us for Scaling Up

Conference Registration Fee


Invest in your success

Join us for Scaling Up

Conference Registration Fee


Frequently Asked Questions

If you don’t find the answer to your question below, reach out to us and we’ll happily help you find the answer!

We heard the suggestions and are applying them to this year’s Scaling Up Conference.

Our new and improved format has fewer presenting sponsors, added breakout sessions added and topics to address the pain points of many providers.

Care Provider Solutions courses are for any AFC Owner, CFO, AFC Director of Operations, Director of Admissions, or House Facility Manager operating one or more adult foster care facilities.

Have you ever said, “I have too many things to work on, I don’t have time to go to this event”

  • Consider the quote from Albert Einstein, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

Scaling Up can provide a resource roadmap to getting your life back. 

If you value learning and continuous improvement for both you and your staff, this course will benefit your organization.

If you’re like most adult foster care home owners, you started your business because you wanted to…

  • Provide better quality care than other places.
  • You were born to make a difference in people’s lives.
  • Work for yourself. You wanted to build an adult foster care community on your own terms so you could live life on your own terms.

But now that your business is up and running, you’re stuck in an endless cycle of tasks.

The “big dream” feels more like a big burden that keeps you up at night.

How can you start enjoying the fruits of your labor – instead of just “laboring” all the time?

Well… you know how to open and run AFC homes, but is it enough to accomplish your goals and continuously improve?

That’s what Scaling Up is designed to help you do.

Whether you are new to the adult foster care industry or are an experienced owner/operator, we can help. We know the frustration of not having enough time in a day to get everything done.

Your time is short and precious. Let us shorten the learning curve so you experience more financial success sooner. For experienced owners/operators, let us save a valuable resource, time, to maximize your financial success.

Conveniently located near Downtown Grand Rapids, Construction Simplified has generously donated their space to accommodate the conference. 

The location is at 625 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504


Hear how Scaling Up training impacted participating residential assisted living homes.

Get Free Resources

At Care Provider Solutions we’re here to help you succeed!

These downloadable free resources are a great place to start if you haven’t taken the “Scaling Up – Adding Additional Homes” Mentor Led Course yet.


Invest in your success

The time is now to benefit from “How to Make Money and A Profit at Your AFC”.

Looking for more?

Care Provider Solutions offers a variety of courses tailored to the most common pain points of new and experienced AFC owners. Check out these additional courses to help you succeed.