Connection Point program moves to MEDC’s Pure Michigan group

From Crain’s Detroit Business

February 1, 2013

By Chris Gautz

Connection Point, a program to help Michigan companies land contracts with out-of-state and international customers, is now a part of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., under its Pure Michigan Business Connect portfolio.

The MEDC and the Detroit Regional Chamber made the announcement today.

The program was launched with funding from a two-year, $1 million grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, as well as the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, and developed by Trevor Pawl, then-program director for Connection Point with the chamber.

Pawl, director at Pure Michigan Business Connect, was one of Crain’s 40 under 40 winners in 2012.

Pawl began working for the MEDC, along with program manager Ryan Michael, at the beginning of the year.

The goal, Pawl said, is to bring more national purchasers to the state, plus ultimately support job growth.

Before moving to the MEDC, Pawl’s program did the same for the Detroit region by bringing in The Boeing Co., Deutz AG and ManTech International Corp.

Now, he said, as part of Pure Michigan Business Connect, they can do the same, but with more resources and a statewide presence.

Connection Point has made more than $200 million in bid opportunities available to businesses in the state across 24 industries, according to a statement.

MEDC President and CEO Michael Finney said in a press release that the Connection Point “commitment will significantly add to the bid opportunities available to Michigan companies.”

Pure Michigan Business Connect is a public-private initiative that encourages Michigan businesses to buy and sell products and services from other companies in the state.

“As the programs grew along parallel paths, it became clear to both organizations that a greater degree of collaboration could amplify their successes across the state and throughout the global economy,” Benjamin Erulkar, senior vice president of economic development at the chamber, said in the statement.

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Detroit Chamber’s Connection Point Now Part Of MEDC’s Pure Michigan Business Connect

From CBS Detroit

February 1, 2013

By Matt Roush

DETROIT — The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Connection Point program, which has worked to connect Detroit-area businesses with new clients ranging from huge defense contractors to NASA, has become part of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Pure Michigan Business Connect program.

“The Detroit Regional Chamber deserves our thanks for joining us in Pure Michigan Business Connect,” said MEDC president and CEO Michael A. Finney. “This commitment will significantly add to the bid opportunities available to Michigan companies.”

Pure Michigan Business Connect is a more than $8 billion public-private initiative that provides Michigan businesses with new ways to buy and sell, raise capital and connect with each other through an alliance of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., state agencies and major Michigan companies and organizations.

Connection Point, founded in 2009 with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, has made more than $200 million in bid opportunities available to Michigan businesses across 24 industries.
The program has facilitated millions of dollars in opportunities from companies headquartered outside Michigan including The Boeing Co., Deutz and ManTech International Corp.

Since December 2011, MEDC and the Detroit Regional Chamber have collaborated through the two programs at various events, including the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference.

“In less than two years, these programs have been extremely successful generating hundreds of millions of dollars in increased procurement opportunities and contracts for Michigan suppliers with new customers, both within and outside of Michigan,” said Benjamin Erulkar, senior vice president of economic development at the Detroit Regional Chamber. “As the programs grew along parallel paths, it became clear to both organizations that a greater degree of collaboration could amplify their successes across the state and throughout the global economy.”

The new agreement ensures the work of Connection Point will now continue as part of the state’s economic development efforts through Pure Michigan Business Connect.  Moving forward, the Chamber will continue to serve as a strategic partner with MEDC on Pure Michigan Business Connect and support Connection Point programming in Southeast Michigan.

The MEDC markets the state with a focus on business, talent, jobs, and helping to grow the economy. For more on MEDC and its initiatives, visit: www.MichiganAdvantage.org.

Detroit Regional Chamber’s Connection Point Joins MEDC’s Pure Michigan Business Connect to Create Opportunities for Michigan Businesses

DETROIT, January 31, 2013 Today, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Detroit Regional Chamber announced that the Chamber’s Connection Point program has officially joined the MEDC as part of the Pure Michigan Business Connect portfolio. The new agreement will bolster the state’s efforts to create opportunities and business growth by connecting leading-edge Michigan companies to the global supply chain.

“The Detroit Regional Chamber deserves our thanks for joining us in Pure Michigan Business Connect,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “This commitment will significantly add to the bid opportunities available to Michigan companies.”

Pure Michigan Business Connect is a more than $8 billion public-private initiative that provides Michigan businesses with new ways to buy and sell, raise capital and connect with each other through an alliance of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., state agencies and major Michigan companies and organizations.

Connection Point, founded in 2009 with funding from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, has made more than $200 million in bid opportunities available to Michigan businesses across 24 industries. The program has facilitated millions of dollars in opportunities from companies headquartered outside Michigan including The Boeing Company, Deutz and ManTech International Corporation.

Since December 2011, MEDC and the Detroit Regional Chamber have collaborated through the two programs at various events, including the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference.

“In less than two years, these programs have been extremely successful generating hundreds of millions of dollars in increased procurement opportunities and contracts for Michigan suppliers with new customers, both within and outside of Michigan,” said Benjamin Erulkar, senior vice president of economic development at the Detroit Regional Chamber. “As the programs grew along parallel paths, it became clear to both organizations that a greater degree of collaboration could amplify their successes across the state and throughout the global economy.”

The new agreement ensures the work of Connection Point will now continue as part of the state’s economic development efforts through Pure Michigan Business Connect.  Moving forward, the Chamber will continue to serve as a strategic partner with MEDC on Pure Michigan Business Connect and support Connection Point programming in Southeast Michigan.

About the Michigan Economic Development Corporation
The MEDC markets the state with a focus on business, talent, jobs, and helping to grow the economy. For more on MEDC and its initiatives, visit: www.MichiganAdvantage.org.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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