Small Business is Thriving in Michigan: The Vital Role of Local Enterprises in the Great Lakes State


Small Business is Thriving in Michigan: The Vital Role of Local Enterprises in the Great Lakes State

Businesses across Michigan are feeling optimistic about the future after enduring the historic 100-year health pandemic that impacted every company in one way or another. This sentiment was echoed in a conversation featuring Quentin Messer, Jr., CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Chris Holman, CEO of Michigan Business Network, and Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett, on CBS Detroit’s Michigan Matters, airing this Sunday.

Messer, overseeing MEDC, discussed the 27 organizations recently selected to serve as entrepreneurial hubs, as a result of the passage of the $75 million Small Business Smart Zones and Business Accelerator initiative. These hubs assist businesses looking to expand or relocate to Michigan.

Holman conducted a statewide poll of hundreds of Michigan businesses, with talent acquisition topping the list of issues they asked about. He shared that despite challenges, businesses are feeling positive about the future and are pleased to be located in Michigan.

Barnett highlighted Rochester Hills’ proficiency in manufacturing robotics and its continued growth. He also mentioned the success of the Oakland University Golden Grizzlies men’s basketball team in the NCAA Tournament, leading to a surge in sales of school merchandise.

Michigan Matters airs at its new time, 5:30 a.m. Sundays on CBS Detroit, noon Sundays on Detroit 50 WKBD, and streams at 9 p.m. weeknights on CBS Detroit’s website, app, and Pluto TV. Carol Cain, a 13-time Emmy-winning senior producer and host of Michigan Matters, leads the conversation.

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