Business Resource Guide

Michigan Works! Agency

Your local Michigan Works! Service Center can assist your company in identifying potential new employees that suit your business needs. They can assist with job training funds, postings, talent screening, career fair events, and much more.

Examples of Michigan Works! Grants:

Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) Grant

The STTF helps employers bring their current employees' skills into alignment with the current needs of each company. Once funding is approved (amount varies based on application), training is completed ideally within 3 months but can take as long as 6 months to complete.

On the Job Training Fund (OJT) Grant

The OJT Program requires a contractual agreement between an employer and the local Michigan Works! Agency, by which employers hire and provide substantive on-the-job training to eligible and qualified individuals (i.e. unemployed). The employer is reimbursed at least 50% of the wages for each employee up to 6 months (maximum of $10,000 per person). The positions cannot be temporary and must maintain at least 32 hours of work per week.

Community Ventures
Community Ventures is a special initiative led by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to help structurally unemployed individuals pursue career opportunities at Michigan companies. Community Ventures is designed to ensure that employers and talent are well-matched. The ultimate goal of Community Ventures is to provide a talent match as well as supportive resources to employers and to ensure that participating job applicants are provided with a career pathway.
Michigan New Jobs Training Program (MNJTP)
Under the MNJTP, employers enter into an agreement with a local community college district to pay the training costs associated with newly created jobs through the diversion of income tax withholding. Income tax withholding attributable to employees in qualified new jobs are to be paid by the employer to the community college district in the same manner as the employer returns and pays income tax withholding payments to the Michigan Department of Treasury.
Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program

The Michigan Advanced Technician Training (MAT2) Program is an apprenticeship model that allows your company to "grow its own" employees and ensure a future pipeline of qualified talent. MAT2 directly involves employers in creating highly skilled, capable and readily employable graduates.

Focus: Hope

Focus: Hope is a Detroit-based non-profit organization that helps aid in overcoming poverty and racism by providing education and training for disfranchised, underrepresented minorities.Focus: Hope aims to help underprivileged people, and also people with pasts of crime and violence, by helping them earn an education and get to a stable financial standing.

University of Michigan Dearborn - Business Engagement Center
The University of Michigan-Dearborn Business Engagement Center (BEC) is your first point of contact to access student talent, leverage faculty expertise, identify lab space availability and specialized facilities, or take advantage of professional development opportunities. They strive to ensure that engagement is strategic, efficient, and responsive to the unique needs of your company.
Colleges That Have Been Instrumental in Producing Talent
  • Schoolcraft College
  • Wayne County Community College
  • Henry Ford College
Business Development Resources
Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center assists Michigan's small and medium-sized businesses to compete and grow. The Center offers personalized consulting services that meet the needs of their clients in virtually every aspect of their businesses from product and process innovation to assisting with navigating through governmental regulations, promoting company-wide operational excellence, and fostering creative strategies for business growth and greater profitability.

Michigan Small Business Development Center

The Wayne County Economic Development Corporation has recently partnered with the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to help small businesses start and grow in Wayne County. The SBDC provides training and counseling services in various areas including business plan development, strategic planning, market research, financial management, capital financing, technology commercialization, and export strategy.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a free program that provides established small business owners the tools and resources they need to develop a strategic and customized growth plan for your business.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than forty years. SCORE is a valuable network of 13,000+ volunteers who offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. SCORE volunteers have the knowledge and experience to help any small business owner get the help they need. Our dedicated volunteers represent over 3,000 years of experience across 62 industries.
Wayne County Resources
Department of Public Services Pre-Development Meeting

Upon request, the Department of Public Services Permits Office will meet with a company/developer or its consultant in order to preliminarily review design engineering plans in connection with a building project that will require a County permit.The purpose of this meeting is to provide a clear understanding of the County requirements prior to the submission of the permit application (this is a free service).

Wayne County Business Certification
Business certification services are provided through the Wayne County Human Relations Division. Earned business certifications may be applied as equalization credits in bid evaluations, based on a company's certification category.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE Program)

The PACE program is designed to finance (or refinance) energy-saving building improvements that involve energy efficiency, water efficiency, and/or renewable energy measures. In short, a company in Wayne County can finance up to 100% of the costs of its building improvements. The loan will be paid back through a voluntary special tax assessment on the property over a 10-20 year period.

Wayne County Health Choice

The purpose of Wayne County Health Choice is to advance and promote the health and welfare of the residents of Wayne County by, among other things, promoting access to reasonably priced health care to qualifying individuals. Over the past 20 years, HealthChoice of Michigan has developed a number of programs customized to the healthcare needs of Wayne County residents and businesses. Our careful screening of providers and enhanced operating procedures mean our members have access to the area's best hospitals and doctors.