Business Support

Grow or build your business in east Michigan. Across the seven-county partnership, east Michigan provides support and resources to help businesses from start-up to expansion to relocation.

University of Michigan-Flint EDA University Center for Community and Economic Development

The newly established UM-Flint EDA University Center for Community and Economic Development coordinates, informs, and contributes to economic development efforts that cultivate innovation and advance high-growth entrepreneurship needed to build and sustain a diversified economy throughout the 7-county I-69 Thumb Region (Genesee, Shiawassee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Huron, Sanilac, and Tuscola counties).

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I-69 Regional Development Corporation Revolving Loan

The I-69 Regional Development Corporation revolving loan funds provide financing to businesses starting or expanding the region.

I-69 Revolving Loan Brochure (PDF)
I-69 USDA Revolving Loan Fund (PDF)


The Region 6 PTAC provides procurement advice and counseling to Michigan companies interested in doing business with local, state, and federal governments and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency and MEDC. PTAC has a track record of successfully preparing local businesses to win government contracts on the local, state and federal levels. We can help you navigate the government contracting maze.

Pure Michigan Business Connect

Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) is a free service that brings small to medium-sized Michigan businesses together with local, national and global companies for supply chain sourcing opportunities. See how PMBC can help you forge partnerships and grow your business by connecting with PMBC or signing up for an upcoming matchmaking events.