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Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) is a multi-billion dollar public/private initiative developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in 2011 that introduces Michigan companies to opportunities that help them grow and expand. 

PMBC’s mission is to help Michigan businesses grow by:

  • Connecting local, national and global purchasers to Michigan suppliers by offering customized procurement or joint venture matchmaking searches, summits and buyer tours.
  • Partnering with local and national purchasers to organize dedicated buyer-supplier matchmaking events.
  • Delivering full concierge services to businesses to help find the right connections.
  • Offering dedicated international trade services for Michigan businesses who want to start or expand export activities.

More Details on Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC)

pmbc.connect.space

See how PMBC can help you forge partnerships and grow your business by creating an account in the “PMBC Community”.  The PMBC Community is an online and mobile business-to-business platform linking Michigan companies with private sector procurement opportunities and business services available from other Michigan companies.  Michigan businesses may learn more about the platform and register at no cost. 

Here are a just few benefits to joining the PMBC Community:

  • Connect with other businesses in the Community
  • Apply to attend and participate in matchmaking procurement events
  • Add your own company’s procurement needs
  • Schedule 1:1 meetings with other companies

Instructions on Creating an Account:

  1. Go to pmbc.connect.space and click “Sign Up Now”.
     
  2. Complete the registration steps to create your personal and company profiles. Please note that if anyone from your company has created an account before you, your company may already be created. In that case you’ll simply select it from the options that show up when you begin typing your company’s name.
     
  3. Don’t forget to download the mobile PMBC app from the iOS App Store and Google Play stores by searching for “PMBC”, allowing you to access your account from your phone and interact with other businesses during events!

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Ann Arbor firm honored for 2012 Innovation of the Year. How did they win? Details on the SBAM audio seminar of the week (3:47)

From left, MI-SBTDC State Director Carol Lopucki, Evigia founder Navid Yazdi, SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler

Evigia Systems Inc. of Ann Arbor was recognized May 3 in Lansing at the 2012 Michigan Celebrates Small Business event. Evigia received the Innovation Award for their products that allow a customer to track the location and condition of assets through long battery life wireless devices. Click below to listen to an interview of Evigia founder and CEO Navid Yazdi (from SBAM’s “Business Next” Internet radio show.) The Innovation Award is presented by the Small Business Association of Michigan and the Michigan Small Business Technology Development Centers.

Sustainable microbrewing, avoiding office distractions, and a May 15 conference in Lansing that can help you make money with exporting

Interview with Kris Spaulding, Sustainability Director for Brewery Vivant. Her Grand Rapids brewery became the first LEED certified microbrewery in the U.S. And, business consultant Mike Pircer offers his top tips for having a productive and distraction-free day in your office. Finally, Brent Case, vice president of International Business Services for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, talks about the May 15 Port Lansing Global Logistics Conference.

Listen today at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the 
Michigan Business NetworkSBAM members can log in and listen to archived programs anytime on a PC or mobile device by going to the Business Next show page

Get Business Next audio seminars delivered three times a week automatically to your iPhone or other mobile device. Subscribe in iTunes using this URL.     

(photo by http://www.flickr.com/photos/kpsiu/)

$100,000 business plan competition for women entrepreneurs! Get the details at 10 a.m. on the Business Next audio seminar

Michelle Lewis Watts, director of programs and operations for the Michigan Women’s Foundation, talks about their $100,000 Entrepreneur-You Business Plan Competition. Also today, Sean Simpson, co-founder of Autobike, talks about their innovative bicycles with automatic transmissions; Why helping employees complete credentials and degrees drives economic growth (and what small business owners can do). Interview with Frank Novakowski, Ph.D., Professor of Management Davenport University; The Malcolm Baldrige principles applied to small business needs. Interview with Daniel J. Kallman, Davenport Adjunct Professor.

Listen today at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the 
Michigan Business NetworkSBAM members can log in and listen to archived programs anytime on a PC or mobile device by going to the Business Next show page

Get Business Next audio seminars delivered three times a week automatically to your iPhone or other mobile device. Subscribe in iTunes using this URL.       

Get great tips for small business success! Listen to our free Business Next audio seminar

HR expert Julie Mann discusses how to help job seekers fit in to small business job opportunities; Rob Trube, author of the business planning book “The Simple Focus Plan”; Athena Trentin, program director of the Global Talent Retention Initiative, discusses the role of talented immigrants in growing Michigan’s small business economy; Shelley Lowe, director of career services of Davenport University, talks about training resources for complying with state and federal regulations; James Muffett on the Student Statesmanship Institute Business Track program.

Listen today at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on the 
Michigan Business NetworkSBAM members can log in and listen to archived programs anytime on a PC or mobile device by going to the Business Next show page

Get Business Next audio seminars delivered three times a week automatically to your iPhone or other mobile device. Subscribe in iTunes using this URL.      

Protecting Your Clients’ Data

Article courtesy of SBAM Approved Partner Midwest Transaction Group

Millions of customers use credit and debit cards for purchases each year. The flow of money, and information, is at an all-time high. Not only do businesses need to take precautions against fraud for themselves, it is more critical than ever to remain vigilant about protecting the banking information of their customers as well.

Here are some reminders about what should be done to protect credit card information of customers you want to do business with again and again:

Credit card information should never:
  • be acquired or disclosed without the cardholder’s consent
  • be electronically transmitted by email or any type of text messaging services
  • be electronically stored
Credit card information should always:
  • be stored in a secured area with limited access
  • be moved, when necessary, in a way so that it can be tracked
  • be shredded or incinerated when it is no longer needed
In addition, personal identification numbers (PIN) or validation codes (CVV2/CVC2/CID) should never be stored - even in a secured area with limited access AND any electronically generated credit card processing receipt should only display the last four digits of the account number. The expiration date of the card should not be displayed at all.

When conducting transactions through an internet connection, keep these security measures in mind:
  • A firewall should be in place at all times and checked regularly for activity.
  • Anti-virus software would be running at all times and regularly updated.
  • Vendor supplied system default passwords should be immediately changed.
  • Security settings should be enabled at their highest levels.
  • The connection should be periodically checked for foreign objects that could compromise cardholder information.
  • Any service provider utilized in the transaction process, like MTG, should be PCI compliant.
All of these security policies should be assigned to an individual or group to ensure that they are effectively executed and any violations or failure to execute them should be immediately reported to the appropriate individuals. It is more important than ever to protect the credit card information of your customers.

If you have any questions about MTG's credit card processing services, give them a call at (888) 599-2209 or click here for more information.
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