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Michigan Business Beat | Mackinac Policy Conference 2024 - Amy Rencher - #MPC24

Michigan Business Beat
June 17, 2024 8:00 AM


The Detroit Regional Chamber's annual Mackinac Policy Conference.

Chris Holman speaks with Amy Rencher, SVP Small Business, MEDC the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, from Media Row, at the Grand Hotel, while at the 2024 Mackinac Policy Conference.

Watch Amy and Chris discuss her organization, recent activity and what they are experiencing in 2024, along with what she expected out of the #MPC24, - click play on the YouTube video below.

Find the Resources to Join These Small Business Greats

To close out Small Business Month, here’s a look at past and present awardees from two decades of Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) honoring our entrepreneurial community.

A decades-long hot streak: ThermoAnalytics, Inc., a thermal simulation software specialist, has built success by prioritizing people, both customers and employees, since becoming a Michigan 50 Companies to Watch in 2005.

Getting better with age: 20 years ago, Black Star Farms was a Michigan 50 Companies to Watch awardee. Now, after adding a boutique inn, equestrian facility and terraced vineyard, they’re setting the bar for world-class hospitality.

Leading the pack: Cerberus Security, the 2024 Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year, found the confidence to make difficult business decisions and keep the company on the right path.


Small Business Love Languages

Kristi Nichols-Shopbell grew up with a love for the state’s natural attributes, but a wine tasting elective class added a few more loves to the list.

Nichols-Shopbell met her husband at the college course in 3 North Wonders Hall at Michigan State University. The couple went on to purchase a farm property and eventually expanded with a taphouse and eatery.

“We opened 3 North Vines because we had a passion to work for ourselves and we loved vineyards and working outside,” said Nichols-Shopbell.

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Additional Resources Available Online

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) 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 full potential, the MEDC is available to help. Visit michiganbusiness.org/small-business to find customized business assistance.

Looking for a career in economic development? Want to be part of a team that’s driving Michigan forward? View career opportunities at the MEDC.

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Michigan Business Beat, hosted by Chris Holman, discusses economic development, new or unusual entrepreneurial initiatives, and successful business practices from different regions and industries around Michigan with a wide range of entrepreneurs and business leaders.

8:00 AM every Monday through Friday
Replay: 8:00 AM, 2:00 PM, 8:00 PM, 2:00 AM The music for 'Michigan Business Beat' is graciously shared use of Phil Denny's "Traffic Jam" off his 2012 CD 'Crossover'

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