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Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) is a multi-billion dollar public/private initiative developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) connecting buyers to suppliers of Michigan goods and services. Michigan companies can sign up for free to access this premier business-to-business (B2B) network, www.puremichiganb2b.com, and be introduced to opportunities to expand their supply chain within the state and access Michigan service providers, including pro bono and discounted services, such as legal, accounting, Web development, logistics and human resource assistance. Growing second-stage companies are also encouraged to explore PMBC and apply to the Economic Gardening® program, which offers powerful resources to launch companies into the next stage of growth at no additional cost to those who qualify.
Through PMBC, the MEDC partners with local and global purchasers to organize dedicated buyer-supplier matchmaking summits by working with buyers across industries to identify critical supply chain gaps or new innovation opportunities. PMBC then qualifies and schedules meetings with Michigan suppliers, providing potential solutions to buyers to fill these gaps. To save purchasers time and resources, the MEDC manages all summit planning, including an online application process, communication with the applicants and all onsite logistics. For news about upcoming summits or to apply to a summit as a supplier, go to www.puremichiganb2b.com.
If a company is interested in exploring their procurement options or wants to partner with a Michigan company outside of a PMBC summit, the MEDC staff can conduct detailed searches to introduce buyers to a potential Michigan solution. These searches can be done confidentially across any sector or industry. To explore opportunities for partner searches or as a summit buyer, call 888.522.0103 or email BusinessConnect@michigan.org for more information.
In support of PMBC, Michigan business professionals have pledged thousands of pro bono and discounted hours in a variety of services to entrepreneurs and any Michigan business. These services include legal, accounting, consulting, business education, marketing, logistics and Web-based services. Michigan companies can request PMBC services here. Aside from pro bono and discounted services, companies can also search www.puremichiganb2b.com for local service providers, keeping their dollars circulating in Michigan. Read more about PMBC Business Services here.
The Pure Michigan Economic Gardening® program is a fast, targeted, virtual service designed to provide significant, sophisticated technical research assistance to qualified second-stage growth companies with the intent and capacity to grow their business. The Economic Gardening® service helps CEOs build stronger teams, identify new markets and sharpen their competitive edge using high-end corporate research tools. This program is a must for growing small businesses needing assistance with business strategy, market research, social media marketing, search engine optimization and Geographic Information Systems data analysis and mapping! To qualify, companies should have 6-99 employees with annual revenue between $750,000 and $50 million and be on an upward growth trend. The MEDC covers the cost of 35 to 60 hours of customized research assistance. Apply by accessing the Economic Gardening® tab on www.puremichiganb2b.com.
The MEDC is a one-stop resource for your business. Business development managers (BDMs) are a part of the MEDC salesforce, assigned geographically throughout the state. Your BDM serves as your business’s point of contact, coordinating all state services to ensure your success. BDMs are available through email or a phone call away to help your business grow. View our BDM map.
The Michigan Business Ombudsman office provides impartial and confidential assistance in investigating complaints against state government agencies. The Ombudsman office also provides guidance through the regulatory process and helps make connections to state government resources.
The Michigan Business One Stop is an online resource to help start and operate businesses in Michigan, making multiple government agencies readily available. The online “Business Start-Up Tool” helps create scenarios for starting different types of businesses, resulting in a customized report of business requirements, costs and timeframes for permitting.
The MEDC, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), offers multiple programs to help support the financing and growth of agricultural businesses. Michigan is an international leader in the agriculture industry, and MDARD and MEDC are committed to supporting the continued growth of the industry within the state. Read more.
MMTCs help small and medium-sized businesses compete and grow. Through personalized services, MMTC helps develop more effective business leaders, promote company-wide operational excellence and foster creative strategies for growth and greater profitability. View the MMTC website for more information.
The Michigan Small Business Development Center network provides a full range of services and tools for small businesses emerging and growing in Michigan’s 83 counties. View the SBDC website to contact an office in your region.
Through the Michigan Energy Office technical strategic services partner, NextEnergy Center offers technical assistance based on customer need, to drive advanced energy investment and job creation in Michigan. It is an epicenter of entrepreneurial activity and serves as a living laboratory for advanced energy technology development and demonstrations. Advanced energy innovation companies are engaged in collaborative projects at NextEnergy, leveraging our knowledge base, unique testing capabilities and laboratories in an independent and secure environment.
Michigan’s statewide network of PTACs match the capabilities of Michigan companies with state and federal government contract opportunities. Services include registering to become a government contractor, identifying bid opportunities, simplifying the bidding process, expediting payments through electronic invoicing, and assisting with post-award evaluations of submitted contracts and/or awards. Read more.
SBAM is the only statewide and state-based association that focuses solely on serving the needs of Michigan’s small business community. All of SBAM’s programs and services exist to improve the business climate and conditions in which small businesses operate.
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