Pure Michigan Means Business

Businesses are coming to Michigan, and businesses are expanding their operations here because of a business friendly environment that ranks among the best in the nation. Add that to the state's world-class talent pool, spirit of innovation and available business resources, and you have a recipe for success.

Why Michigan

Michigan stands out among other states. The combination of strikingly beautiful landscape, cultural attractions and a thriving, diverse economy makes the state an attractive place to live, work and play. 

Michigan’s competitiveness is due in part to the simple, fair and efficient 6 percent corporate tax, and the elimination of industrial personal property taxes that will cut $372 million for small businesses by 2020. In addition, Michigan provides billions of dollars in support each year for business expansions and growth through its resources, incentives and loans. Entrepreneurs and startups also have access to business services and financial support through MEDC’s SmartZones and business incubators.

Talent and Workforce

Michigan's collection of world-class talent is among the top reasons why businesses locate and expand in Michigan. Employers find that Michigan has one of the most talented, diverse and abundant workforces in the country and has the programs, resources and state-wide support that continues to build talent with in-demand skills that help businesses thrive.  

Several top educational institutions in Michigan graduate a highly talented workforce, including engineers, that specialize in many areas. Today, Michigan is home to nearly 123,000 engineers — the largest concentration in the nation and has a skilled-trades workforce of more than 245,000 statewide. This workforce has proven to be the most productive in the world, and with the largest investment in the nation into skilled-trades education, Michigan is primed to remain a leading state when it comes to a talented skilled-trades workforce.

MEDC supports several other organizations that are focused on talent development, talent retention and growth. 

  • Pure Michigan Talent Connect

    Employers and job seekers alike can search an extensive database of job openings, post and view resumes and jobs, view upcoming job fairs and tap into a variety of specialty career services at mitalent.org.

  • Michigan Works! 

    This statewide network of more than 100 service centers helps employers find skilled workers, retrain current workers and provides training and education.

  • Michigan New Jobs Training Program

    This program assists businesses that are creating new jobs in Michigan through the community college system.

  • Michigan Advanced Technician Training

    MAT2 is a three-year, no-cost program for high school seniors that provides hands-on experience in an in-demand field and can lead to an associates degree.