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Detroit Regional Chamber Economic Development Partnerships

The Detroit Regional Chamber is dedicated to moving the economic needle in the Detroit region. Along with its regional, statewide and national partners, the Chamber is enhancing the economic climate in Southeast Michigan and supporting new business growth. Check out some of the Chamber’s key economic development partners below.

InnoState

InnoState_LogoFULLInnoState, a grant funded program, seeks to supplement the Detroit region’s traditional parts-making economy with a fast-growing community of firms pursuing a different business model. InnoState is comprised of regional organizations well-positioned to support the advanced manufacturing cluster’s development and growth, including the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN), Detroit Regional Chamber, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences.

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Role

The Detroit Regional Chamber leads efforts, with assistance from Small Business Administration funds, to increase the weight of startup and minority-owned companies in the advanced manufacturing cluster through business incubation and capital access assistance. The Chamber leads this work in collaboration with local incubator organizations in Southeast Michigan and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Grant funding from the Economic Development Administration supports convening and adding to the cluster, identifying member capabilities, developing plans and follow-up actions to enhance those capabilities, and structuring opportunities for qualified cluster firms to quote work with new customers. This work will be done jointly by WIN, the Chamber and the MMTC.

For more information on the InnoState program, please visit innostatemi.com.

Pure Michigan Business Connect

Pure Michigan Business Connect PMBCPure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) is a public-private initiative created to uncover and develop new business opportunities and support services for Michigan companies. This multifaceted program helps Michigan companies connect to new procurement and research and development opportunities through matchmaking summits and PureMichiganB2B.com, a dynamic online marketplace with more than 11,000 registered Michigan companies.

Through its matchmaking summits, the program has managed more than 20 visits from global purchasers, netting more than $230 million in bid opportunities, and $17 million in contracts for Michigan companies. Additionally, PMBC has worked with some of Michigan’s largest purchasers to initiate in-state procurement pledges of $850 million.

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Role

The Chamber’s Connection Point program officially joined the MEDC as part of the PMBC portfolio in December of 2012. The agreement between both organizations’ aims to bolster the state’s efforts to create opportunities and business growth by connecting leading-edge Michigan companies to the global supply chain. The Chamber continues to serve as a strategic partner with the MEDC on PMBC programming in Southeast Michigan.

For more information on PMBC, please visit PureMichiganB2B.com.

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