Business Operations Support

Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership offers several options for enhancing your business operations that will assist you in growing in Shiawassee County. Contact us to determine the best fit for your business, as eligibility varies.

Also, take a look at incentives that may also be available.

  • Business Cost Estimating: Have questions about business costs associated with capital investment and job creation? Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership and MEDC can provide you with an estimate of potential local property taxes, Michigan Business Taxes, unemployment insurance and workers compensation costs.
  • Consultation Education and Training (CET) Services: This program offers free customized assistance to companies wanting to develop or improve their workplace safety and health management system. They also offer a mock MiOSHA compliance inspection, but with no citations or penalties.
  • Customer Diversification: Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership partners with various agencies to help businesses secure new customers in existing industries and enter new markets (including aerospace, alternative energy, defense contracting and medical devices). There is potential grant funding available to support diversification efforts. Contact Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership for more information.
  • Export Assistance: Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership partners with the U.S. Department of Commerce to ensure you have access to experienced specialists who can help your business in buying and selling goods and services abroad.
  • Government Contracting Assistance: Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership partners with the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), housed at the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce, to offer help to businesses interested in selling goods and services to local, state and federal governments. You can learn how to register to become a government contractor, identify bid opportunities, simplify the bidding process, expedite payments through electronic invoicing and get assistance with post-award activities.
  • Michigan Business Ombudsman: The Michigan Business Ombudsman office acts as an advocate and problem solver for Michigan’s businesses, assisting them in directing and communicating their concerns, problems and needs to the appropriate state agency. The office is charged with providing quick, efficient and thorough responses to those businesses needing assistance from government agencies. The Michigan Business Ombudsman office helps with permit and license applications, cutting red tape, mediating problems between businesses and state government and answering questions about state laws, rules and procedures.
  • Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC): The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) offers innovative training and consulting services designed specifically for small to midsize manufacturers, including assistance in areas such as lean manufacturing and continuous improvement, quality systems, management and market diversification.
  • Michigan Retired Engineer Technical Assistance Program (RETAP): RETAP professionals provide free, non-regulatory pollution prevention assistance to your company with the goal of finding ways to reduce your energy costs.  Low-interest loans are available for making improvements based on RETAP recommendations.
  • Occupational Medicine: Memorial Healthcare has on Occupational Medicine Center that offers a cost-effective alternative for managing employee injuries and provides employers with low-cost and timely employee services.
  • Performance Benchmarking: A MMTC service that identifies the key characteristics of your business operations, compares you with your competitors in- and out-of-state, offers support to fix any deficiencies and meets many certifications requirements. It normally costs $595, but is free when you are an SEDP client.
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC): The SRCC has a Michigan SBDC satellite office which provides free business counseling on issues such as business planning, financing and marketing. It also offers educational seminars and provides research services.
  • Wage & Benefit Survey: Do you wonder how your wage and benefit structure compares to other local companies?  Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership and it’s regional partners conduct a regular survey of Shiawassee County companies to determine aggregate wage and benefit levels in the region.
  • Workers’ Compensation Cost Control Service: The Workers’ Compensation Cost Control Service assists employers in designing and implementing strategies for minimizing their costs of workers’ compensation coverage. This program also benefits employees by stressing the importance of injury prevention and early return-to-work programs, thereby minimizing the suffering and lost income, which result from work-related disabilities.
  • Workforce Hiring and Training: Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership partners with local workforce assistance providers to help you hire and train workers. Contact Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership for more information.