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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!


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SBAM members get terrific discount for March 20 "Economic Gardening" learning program in Grand Rapids

New “economic gardening” resources and programs designed to help small businesses achieve rapid growth will be showcased at an SBAM event March 20 in Grand Rapids. Click here for registration details. Tickets are $60, but the price for SBAM members is $30. Plus, SBAM members who purchase a ticket will receive a free one-year subscription to Crain’s Detroit Business (a $24.50 value. Must be a new subscriber.)

Sponsored by SBAM in partnership with Crain’s Detroit Business, the event will be held 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. March 20 at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids. A keynote address will be presented by Mark Lange, executive director of the Edward Lowe Foundation. Panelists include SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler; Bonnie Alfonso, president and Chief Embellishment Officer for Alfie Logo Gear for Work and Play in Traverse City; and Yan Ness, Chief Executive Officer for Online Tech Inc. of Ann Arbor. Alfonso and Ness will share what they learned from their participation in the Pure Michigan Business Connect Economic Gardening Pilot Program.

The Title Sponsor for the event is the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Premier Sponsors are Clark Hill PLC and Consumers Energy. The Major Sponsor is Comcast Business Class. The Supporting Sponsor is hiredMYway. The Location Sponsor is the Amway Grand Plaza.

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SBAM gains 32 new members

SBAM welcomed 32 new members in the past week. “Our organization continuously strives to find innovative ways to engage Michigan’s small businesses," says Rob Fowler, SBAM’s president and CEO. “This continuing membership growth is proof positive that our focus on attracting businesses through a robust digital presence is working. The new and improved website, coupled with strong social and online media campaigns, provide all small businesses with access points to our value-added membership proposition.”

The wide range of member-only benefits offered by SBAM continues to play a key role in membership growth. Last week 25 of the 32 new members specifically referenced a member benefit as the reason for joining. This trend echoes another recent announcement from SBAM: a new high of 500 actively enrolled members in its COBRA services. This milestone makes SBAM one of the three largest COBRA services providers in the state.

To learn more about what SBAM membership has to offer, please click here. The Small Business Association of Michigan's mission is to help small and medium size companies succeed by leveraging buying power, engaging in political advocacy, and promoting entrepreneurship.

Why small businesses love Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day can be an important time for any small business. Look at your market to see whether there are any ways that you should be positioning your products or services to meet the needs of the holiday consumer. Gifts, cards and candy are all items shoppers will be seeking but there may be ways you can market your products and services to appeal to Valentine’s Day shoppers even if you don’t sell any of these. Check out our roundup for more on why Valentine’s Day remains an awesome opportunity. Read more at Small Business Trends.

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