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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MEDC Approves $200,000 performance-based grant for St. Clair County Manufacturer – Michigan Metal Coatings

Today, the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced the approval for a $200,000 performance-based grant for Michigan Metal Coatings.  The company, headquartered in Port Huron, Michigan, will be purchasing an additional 66,375 square feet to expand operations, creating approximately 41 new jobs and investing up to $11,000,000 in St. Clair County, Michigan.

The Michigan Business Development Program is available to eligible businesses that create qualified new jobs and/or make qualified new investment in Michigan.  Michigan was in competition with Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky for this project.    

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“Donor Advised Fund Helps Launch a New Skilled Trades Program”

Port Huron, MI - The Community Foundation of St. Clair County and the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County are pleased to support young adult success through skilled trades. Through the generosity of the Kusch Family Fund, a donor advised fund at the Community Foundation, the EDA was able to launch ASSET (Advanced Skills Scholarship for Employment and Training) an apprenticeship and certified training scholarship program.

The Kusch’s said, “The ASSET program offers an additional opportunity for St. Clair County young adults to attain the skills required to improve their future. It works cooperatively with local employers to train and hire employees in the skilled trades. It also dovetails with other existing programs such as Complete Your Degree, which are supported by the Community Foundation. We were pleased to have the opportunity to use our donor advised fund at the Foundation to support such a promising program.”

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MSC Floors Receives National Contractor Award Second Year in a Row

MSC Floors (aka Michigan Specialty Coatings) located in St. Clair, Michigan has been recognized with a national contractor award from Coatings Pro Magazine.  Industry winners were recently announced in Phoenix, Arizona at the 2018 second annual Contractor Awards Program designed to showcase and recognize the projects and crews that demonstrate excellence in the field of high-performance coatings.  The program is for commercial and industrial coatings contractors, with projects award in the categories of commercial concrete, commercial roof, industrial concrete, industrial steel and specialty projects. 

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Michigan Public Service Commission Approves St. Clair County Billion Dollar Power Plant

Today, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) officially approved DTE Energy’s Certificate of Necessity request for an estimated $1 billion natural gas-fired power plant in St. Clair County.    The mission of the Michigan Public Service Commission is to protect the public by ensuring safe, reliable, and accessible energy and telecommunications services at reasonable rates for Michigan's residents.

“This is welcome news for all of St. Clair County – and all of Michigan. The new, cleaner natural gas power plant will create hundreds of jobs and provide additional revenue that we can put toward improving our roads, schools and other essential services. With three coal-fired plants scheduled to retire, we need the affordable, reliable energy that natural gas plants provide. This $1 billion investment is a significant boost to our community and helps assure continued job growth while ensuring we can meet our state’s energy needs,” said St. Clair County Commissioner, Jeff Bohm.  

 

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$20,000 Entrepreneurial Fund for 2018 Accepting Applications

St. Clair County, Michigan - Economic Development Alliance in collaboration with the Community Foundation of St. Clair County and The Underground Incubator and Business Service Center has established a $20,000 entrepreneurial pre-seed fund, the Emerge Fund for 2018.    

The fund will grant entrepreneurial start up financing for those establishing a business in St. Clair County.  The Emerge Fund will provide early capital that entrepreneurs can use for creating a business plan, developing a website, filing a patent or other needs that can help launch and grow new businesses.  Companies located in St. Clair County are eligible for funding.

Emerge fund recipients are required to participate in The Underground incubation program for a minimum of twelve months, develop a work plan and entrepreneurial milestones.  Each emerge recipient will be assigned a business mentor or industry expert that will help accelerate their growth.  Funds will be granted in a maximum amount of $5,000 per applicant.  A portion ($5,000) of the total fund is being reserved for smaller requests (not to exceed $2,500) to help expand assistance to additional entrepreneurs.

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New fund supports Robotics

Port Huron, MI - Robotics inspires young minds to dream, design and build while developing skills that translate into future career opportunities. And now, Community Foundation donors and local companies can support local robotics through the newly established Blue Water Robotics Fund.

Started by the Economic Development Alliance of St Clair County, this fund will support the teams of Blue Water Area Robotics Alliance and the programs, projects and services of FIRST Robotics.

“First Robotics provides opportunities for our students to utilize the knowledge they are gaining in the classroom and apply it to real world challenges,” said Dan Casey, CEO of Economic Development Alliance. “It is a real life laboratory where students have to be innovative, skilled and function as a team – all great attributes that they can take with them as they start their careers.”

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Cogent Hex, One of 2018 Michigan's "Best Small Business Honorees"

Port Huron - Cogent Hex, an incubator client at The Underground Business Incubator and Service Center, receiving Honor as One of the 2018 “Best Small Business Honorees.”

Cogent Hex will be honored at an awards ceremony during the fourteenth annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business gala event, May 3, 2018 in Lansing, Mich.

Cogent Hex Inc. is a Full Turn-Key Automation Company, helping companies develop and implement automated solutions to maximize efficiency and profitability.

“Cogent Hex is proud to have been nominated by the EDA of St. Clair County and accepted as an honoree as a “Best Small Business”. We look forward to a continuous partnership with the EDA in our efforts for ongoing development of a strong business model to foster new and exciting opportunities for our local workforce,” said Partner, Scott McQueen. 

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Collaborative Approach to Economic Development

Crain's Detroit Business, February 12 edition has a FOCUS on St. Clair County, Michigan, --- How it's Good To Be Blue... and shares the story of the collaborative approach our region is taking toward economic development that is paying off.  

View the many articles on Crain's St. Clair County FOCUS here

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