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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)

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 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!


Small business owners sharing their stories of jobs filled across Michigan

The Michigan’s Small Business Jobs Insight project (, designed to tally and report the growing number of small business jobs being filled in regions and industries across Michigan, launched today at a kickoff event at the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Job growth in Michigan is overwhelmingly centered in the small business sector and we believe it’s important to document this growth and report the impact these jobs are having on our state’s economic comeback,” says Rob Fowler, President and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM). “We are very pleased that the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Jobs Insight and has partnered with SBAM to help support entrepreneurs in northwest Michigan.” 

The key elements of include:

• a ticker that displays jobs reported by growing small businesses in the current month;
• a pie chart that shows the percentage per Michigan region of the total jobs reported per month;
• total jobs reported for the year to-date;
• the top ten industries for small business growth; and
• links to individual stories of regional small business job growth.

“Michigan has put tremendous public policy tools in place, from business tax reform to improvements in the regulatory climate to a new emphasis on economic gardening, that help lay a foundation of entrepreneurial business and employment growth,” Fowler says. “We know that small business owners are taking advantage of the improved business climate fostered by these public policy changes to fill job openings and accelerate job creation. reports where these jobs are and how they are benefitting everyone in our state.” is not a scientific count of every job filled in the small business community.

“We are reporting the jobs filled by our members and, if anything, these totals under-report the full, dramatic growth of small business jobs across the state,” Fowler says. “To enhance our reporting, we encourage individual small businesses to contact us with their stories of job creation.”

In addition to the website, MichiganJobsInsight can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

"This is the year of Jobs, Jobs and Jobs for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce; creation, retention and growth are vital to this area. It was through our work on a Job-o-Meter that the Chamber and SBAM realized there was potential to collaborate and partner for We are thrilled with the result and look forward to watching our region grow, now in a tangible and visual capacity,” Douglas Luciani, President and CEO of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to the Small Business Association of Michigan and the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, MichiganJobsInsight is a collaborative statewide effort between Issue Media Group and other partners to capture small business job growth through editorial coverage with focus on growth and innovation.

SBAM shows strong membership growth in March

A total of 881 small businesses became members of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) in March, according to a report released today by the association. Total SBAM membership reached 14,258, a 22 percent increase over March of 2011.

Growth occurred across all membership categories:

• 412 members came from the Michigan Association of Timbermen and the Holly Area Chamber of Commerce – SBAM’s newest Strategic Partners. These two organizations join 32 other local chambers and business associations that have partnered with SBAM.
• 389 of these businesses joined SBAM’s free Online Community membership, which offers access to some of our most valuable member benefits, including FedEx and OfficeMax discounts and exclusive small business news.
• 95 of these businesses joined for an SBAM-exclusive member-only benefit.

Also in March, SBAM continued its work on “economic gardening” by partnering with Crain’s Detroit Business for an economic gardening workshop in Grand Rapids. One hundred small business owners and other interested parties participated and listened to an expert panel discuss the status of economic gardening in Michigan. Attendees also heard directly from entrepreneurs engaged in a Michigan Economic Development Corporation pilot program.

In addition, SBAM released the eighth annual edition of its Entrepreneurship Score Card, which showed a dramatic uptick in Michigan’s entrepreneurial climate, and SBAM also launched an new partnership with Intern in Michigan to provide members with access to college students seeking real world work experience with Michigan small businesses.

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Durbin Amendment Provides for Lower Credit Card Processing Rates

Article courtesy of SBAM Approved Partner Midwest Transaction Group

As a result of the Durbin Amendment, the Federal Reserve Board has placed a cap on debit card transactions, putting the interchange fee at 0.05% + 21 cents. This new fee went into effect on October 1, 2011. This could mean significant savings for you!

Keep in mind:
  • The cap only applies to debit cards issued by very large banks - it does not include those issued by smaller, community banks or credit unions.  Therefore, some debit card interchange fees will not change.
  • The best way to ensure that you are going to get these new lower fees is to move to the Interchange Plus pricing model. It is the only model that will automatically pass through the interchange fees at their exact cost, including the new lower debit card fee.
  • When you move to Interchange Plus pricing, the new debit fee is not the only fee that can be effected. This model gives processors the ability to better analyze data and potentially offer you even more savings.
  • The move to Interchange Plus is easy. If you are already processing with MTG, all you need to do is call us. If you aren't processing with us, we encourage you to contact your current processor and ask to be moved as soon as possible.
It is not often that government involvement means lower costs for business owners, but this time you could realize some significant savings. Take time to give MTG a call at (888) 599-2209 or request a quote here so you can learn about the benefits of Interchange Plus pricing. Be sure your business takes advantage of all the savings the Durbin Amendment’s new cap on debit fees can provide.