support small business

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  • Small businesses are job providers and are the backbone of our economy. We can transform Michigan's economic development by implementing the state's first comprehensive small business strategy that focuses on both microbusinesses and traditional economic development towards creating good and promising jobs that make Michigan's economy more resilient and equitable.

Goals and Objectives

  • Boost Michigan's Small Business Revenue

    More than 900,000 small businesses employ 1.9 million people. COVID-19 impacted small businesses nationally and here in Michigan. These businesses offer opportunity for wealth generation for women and entrepreneurs of color. Governor Whitmer is setting a bold goal for Michigan's small businesses to have Top 10 growth during the next five years. Gov. Whitmer is tasking state government to develop Michigan's first strategy to support micro-businesses - those mom and pop shops that have less than ten people, along with creative supports for second stage businesses and other types of small businesses in order to create better jobs.

    Increase Household Income by Creating Better Jobs

    Governor Whitmer is putting Michigan's people and raising families' incomes at the center of economic development in Michigan. Since 2000, Michigan's per capita income has lagged the national income growth and 56% of Michigan's jobs are below the national median. Michigan is now focused on supporting the creation of jobs that have the pay and benefits to support a middle class lifestyle or provides the career pathways to that type of job in the near future. The Governor is directly addressing this issue by setting the bold goal of Michigan becoming the benchmark for economic development nationally to support good and promising job creation that will make Michigan's economy more resilient and equitable.


  • Supporting Michigan's Mainstreet Businesses

    Michigan has remained committed to enabling economic prosperity, even through times of crisis. From March 2020 through March 2021, MEDC launched 23 economic relief programs deploying nearly $240 million in small business relief across all 83 Michigan counties. Through these efforts more than 25,000 businesses received critical support to keep their doors open and ensure their employees continued to receive a paycheck; more than 200,000 jobs in the state were retained through these efforts. In total, 41% of COVID-19 small business relief went to geographically disadvantaged areas in the state and 63% went to diverse-owned businesses.

    As small businesses - from Main Street shops to high-tech startups - navigate and adapt through 2021 MEDC has remained right there alongside them. Programs like Pure Michigan Business Connect, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, International Trade and Capital Access are helping to connect small businesses to new resources, meet new partners and access the capital necessary to thrive in the state.

support statements

  • "Ultimately, permanent changes must be implemented in order for the childcare industry to be a viable career path for early childhood professionals and small business owners." 
    Danielle D. North, Owner-Operator of Kidz Kingdom

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  • "Small businesses, specifically micro-small businesses owned by women and POC, are the fabric of communities."  
    Ali Rose van Overbeke, founder of Genusee 

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  • "Higher Grounds is proud to stand with Governor Whitmer and our small business community as we continue to build a local economy based in restoration and resilience."
    Chris Treter, co-founder of Higher Grounds Coffee

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  • "The small businesses that make up the heart and soul of our communities thrive on the support of individuals, other small businesses, and the administrations involved in making events like this happen."
    Jon Moore, co-founder of Foster Coffee

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Business attraction, development and innovation

  • attraction win

    High Impact Business Attraction Win 

    With demand for power semiconductors rapidly increasing, global semiconductor wafer manufacturer SK Siltron CSS chose Michigan over competing states to expand production of much-needed silicon carbide wafers considered the future of the industry.

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  • business development

    Business Development Project Evaluation

    As part of the state's commitment to creating a more equitable and resilient economy for all, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) evolved its flagship business attraction and retention tool - the Michigan Business Development Program (MBDP) - to include stronger definitions around pathway jobs, reinforce a commitment to invest in geographically disadvantaged areas and reflect ongoing support for innovative industries across the state.

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  • tech innovation

    High-growth/high-tech Innovation 

    In Houghton, Orbion Space Technology is doing what no other high-tech aerospace company has done before: offering a rocket propulsion system at an affordable price for commercial satellite companies.

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