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MEDC | Michigan Business Report - Early July 2022

Michigan Business Network
July 1, 2022 9:00 AM

MEDC logoMichigan Exporters Wanted for Central America Trade Mission

Join the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers multi-sector trade mission to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic. Attendees will benefit from customized B2B meetings to meet with prospective customers and business partners, which is critical to establishing business relationships in the region. Space is limited, apply today. Registration deadline is August 1.


MDARD Announces One-Time Grant Opportunity to Support Michigan Seafood Processors

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is seeking applications for the Seafood Processors Pandemic Response and Safety Block Grant program to support the seafood processing sector. Funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service, this program provides relief and assistance to eligible seafood processing facilities and processing vessels in response to the ongoing impacts from COVID-19. The grants will provide cost reimbursement for eligible expenditures that occurred between Jan. 27, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021.

Whitmer Signs Bipartisan Childcare Package, Cutting Red Tape for Small Business

Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently signed legislation expanding access to quality, affordable childcare for families and cutting the red tape for childcare businesses. This week, Governor Whitmer also awarded $368 million in grants to childcare programs across the state. Over 5,500 childcare programs received funding through the second round of the Child Care Stabilization Grant. These funds will keep programs open for business and provide $1,000 bonuses for full-time staff. 

LISTEN: The Michigan Opportunity Podcast

A recent episode of The Michigan Opportunity podcast features Dawn Batts, Capital Strategist at TechTown Detroit. Batts joins host Ed Clemente as they discuss angel investors, and the diverse community of investors who seed scalable consumer, enterprise and life science companies. She has a background in finance and anthropology and is a co-founder of Commune Angels. Learn how she is using her experience to find 200 new angels in the Great Lakes area. You can also read the transcript from the conversation.

Additional Resources Available Online

Michigan Economic Development Corporation helps to connect businesses to new resources, meet new partners and access the additional capital they need from the start. If your business needs support to reach its new potential, the MEDC is available to help. Visit michiganbusiness.org/pure-partnership to find customized business assistance.

MEDC continues to support businesses and communities across the state. Learn more about our economic and recovery resources currently available or read more about the impact our programs are having and our COVID-19 response.



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