New Pre-Seed Funding Offers Local Entrepreneurs $10,000 in Exchange for 5% Equity

The Community Capital Club (C3), a fund within the Community Foundation, the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County and The Underground Incubator, are pleased to financially support area entrepreneurs with the launch of the new Proving Grounds entrepreneurial fund.  The purpose of the fund is to provide seed capital to start ups after their launch at the early-revenue stage.

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Campbell & Shaw Steel, Inc. Honored as One of the 2019 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch”

Campbell & Shaw Steel, Inc. Honored as One of the 2019 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch”

(Marysville) – Campbell & Shaw Steel has been recognized as one of the 2019 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. Campbell & Shaw Steel will be honored at an awards ceremony during the fifteenth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business gala event, May 8, 2019 in Lansing, Mich.

Campbell & Shaw Steel, Inc. is a structural steel fabricator based in Marysville, Michigan.

Campbell & Shaw Steel fabricates and erects structural steel, miscellaneous steel and specialty steel for most sectors of industry in Michigan and beyond. Basically, Campbell & Shaw Steel provides the structural steel framing for new buildings, additions and renovations.

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P.J. Wallbank Springs, Inc., creating 40 new jobs with $2.4 million expansion

St. Clair County manufacturer, P.J. Wallbank Springs, Inc., is once again expanding its operations in the Port Huron Industrial Park.  The company is investing $2.4 in new equipment and will be creating 40 additional new jobs to meet business demands of new contracts awarded.

P.J. Wallbank Springs, Inc., founded in 1982, is the global leader in clutch return technology, specializing in spring pack design and manufacturing for automatic transmissions. An engineering-focused company, the organization started by designing and building its own proprietary manufacturing equipment to produce its spring packs, a strategy it still utilizes today.  The company is a tier one and tier two supplier to companies in South America, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and China.  The company currently exports more than 50 percent of its sales outside of the United States.

The company is being awarded a Michigan Business Development grant of $205,880 to assist with its expansion growth. 

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2018 brings $117,909,292 in Investments and 766 jobs

On Tuesday, February 12, 2019, the Economic Development Alliance hosted its Semi-Annual Luncheon and shared economic growth numbers and regional successes from 2018.   The infographic belows shows money that flowed throughout the region from local business expansions, the attraction of new businesses, community development and small business/entrepreneurship.   To view the full annual report, and learn more about our region's amazing businesses, investors and development opportunities that exist in St. Clair County, Michigan, click here

2018 St. Clair County Economic Progress Report


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Crain's Detroit Business - St. Clair County keeps rolling on its riverside renaissance

St. Clair County, Michigan, is featured in a special report by Crain's Detroit business on how the momentum just keeps building in St. Clair County, from $60 Million in hotel investments, including the $35 million renovation of the iconic St. Clair Inn.  Below are some recent business highlights featured in this special report: 

St. Clair Inn Hotel - $35 Million Renovation by California Developer

Click any of the links below to view Crain's Detroit Business features:  



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$82,940 Going PRO Talent Funds Awarded to Five St. Clair County Companies

The Going PRO Talent Fund, formerly known as Skilled Trades Training Fund, makes awards to employers to assist in training, developing and retaining current and newly hired employers.  The Michigan Workforce Development Agency has announced the winners for the fiscal year 2019.  We are pleased to share that grant funds have been awarded to five companies in St. Clair County, totaling $82,940.

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Suburban Bolt and Supply Company has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Detroit Free Press. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

Suburban Bolt and Supply is a family-owned, Veteran-owned and operated small business, founded in 1971. We are a Metro Detroit institution, providing over 47 years of unparalleled customer service in distribution and sales of industrial supplies. We are a premier supplier of high quality fasteners, cutting tools, abrasives, PVF, shop supplies, safety products, and so much more. We have three locations in Michigan that are open six days a week to provide the best customer service experience possible. Our main location is in Roseville, while our other two branches are in Port Huron and Grayling.

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I-69 Thumb Region Announces 2018 Catapult Small Business Competition

The I-69 Thumb Region, a seven county partnership, announces the launch of the 2018 I-69 Thumb Region’s Catapult Small Business Competition.   This unique competition is both local and regional.  Each of the seven counties in the I-69 Thumb Region will host a local competition, with first place winners advancing to the regional competition.  There will be cash prizes for the local and regional winners totaling $30,000.

The I-69 Thumb Region Catapult Small Business Competition aims to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners to start or grow their small businesses. The I-69 Thumb Region includes Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Tuscola.

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Port Huron Manufacturer - P.J. Wallbank Springs, Inc. honored by Inc. Magazine

P.J. Wallbank Springs, Inc., a St. Clair County Company located in Port Huron and founded 35 years ago, is a global leader in clutch return technology specializing in spring pack design and manufacturing.  Spring packs are used in a variety of clutched applications, although their most common use is within the clutches of automatic transmissions.

The company has proudly been recognized with the most prestigious ranking as one of America's Fastest-Growing Private companies by Inc. Magazine in it's 2018, 37th Annual List.  P.J. Wallbank Springs ranks 4,123 on the 2018 5000 with three-year revenue growth at 84 Percent.  The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy's most dynamic segment-its independent small businesses.  Microsoft, Dell, Domino's Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.  

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