C3 Capital Club adds $5,000 to entrepreneurial business competition –raising prize total to $15,500

Aspiring entrepreneurs in the Blue Water Region will now have an even better chance of accelerating creative and innovative business concepts into newly launched businesses.

GreenLight Port Huron is proud to announce the addition of a gracious $5,000 sponsorship by the Community Foundation of St. Clair County’s Community Capital Club (C3). 

The Community Capital Club (C3) has added $5,000 to the prize funding for GreenLight Port Huron’s entrepreneurial competition, raising the total giveaway to over $15,500 in total prizes, and increasing the Grand Prize (1st place) to an amazing $10,000.  

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BioPro honored as Exporter of the Year by I-69 Thumb Region

Six businesses have been recognized for their foray into exporting from the I-69 Thumb Region, which includes Genesee, Lapeer, Huron, Sanilac, St. Clair, Shiawassee and Tuscola counties.  More than 170 business, civic and education leaders were on hand as Exporter of the Year awards were presented during the 2014 I-69 Thumb Regional Summit held in Flint on Thursday, September 18.


Awards were presented by Richard Corson, Director, East Michigan U.S. Export Assistance Center at U.S. Department of Commerce along with economic development partners from each of the seven counties.


BioPro, a designer and manufacturer of high quality joint replacement implants and surgical devices in Port Huron, Michigan, was honored as Exporter of the Year for St. Clair County, Michigan.  BioPro has been in business since 1987 and have implants with over 60 years of proven clinical success, making them one of the most experienced medical manufacturers in the U.S market.  Bio Pro offers global distribution throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia/Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.    

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GreenLight Port Huron Business Competition boasts over $10,000 in prizes

Spartan Innovations at the Michigan State University Innovation Center has selected the TecPort’s Harbor Muskies to host a GreenLight Port Huron Business Model Competition in Port Huron. Their gracious sponsorship of this event will provide us with the funding to launch this first-ever GreenLight Port Huron start-up business pitch event in our community.  The business model competition is hosted by TechPort, the TechPort Harbor Muskies, Spartan Innovations, Pure Michigan, the Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County, St. Clair County Community College and TechPort Soup.

Entrants will pitch for a chance to win over $10,000 in start-up cash. 

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SC4 to provide $300,000 in training to employees in newly-created positions at Eissmann Automotive

New employees at Eissmann Automotive in Port Huron will receive customized training from St. Clair County Community College.

Eissmann recently announced that they are investing $13.55 million in a new facility in Port Huron that is creating up to 230 new jobs. More than half of these new employees will receive training through SC4 under a $300,000 Michigan New Jobs Training Program agreement.

The state program pays for training through dollars that would otherwise be paid to the state for withholding taxes.

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Automotive Companies Love St. Clair County, Michigan

It's true!  Automotive Companies LOVE St. Clair County, Michigan and a new postcard mailing being sent to numerous site selectors and real estate professionals this week tells why.  EDA is marketing the strengths of our automotive industry to key individuals in the auto sector and those influencing site selection decisions.  This is the first of four direct mail postcard campaigns that occur over the next twelve months. 

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Magna Interior Trim Components adding more more jobs

Magna Exteriors and Interiors USA, Inc., DBA Magna Interior Trim Components, is a subsidiary of Magna International, Inc. In 2010 Magna Interior Trim acquired Continental Plastics Co., an automotive interior components parts supplier with facilities inChina Township (St. Clair County) and Benzonia Township (Benzie County).  The company has created 274 positions required with earlier grant funding and has experienced additional growth which will require the hiring an additional 169 employees. As a result of the additional jobs, the company’s MBDP grant has been increased by $507,000.

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Eissmann Group Automotive Selects Port Huron, Michigan, Facility for North American Expansion

St. Clair County, Michigan

Eissmann Group Automotive, a global leader in the manufacturing of high-quality shifter modules, trim components and full car interiors, is expanding operations in the Midwest and will invest $13.55 million in a facility in Port Huron, Michigan and creating up to 233 new jobs.

The Eissmann Group Automotive is a leading international automotive manufacturer of high-end shifter modules, trim components and complete automotive interiors.  Headquartered in Bad Urach, Germany, the Eissmann Group has production facilities on three continents; maintaining a presence not only in Europe but also in Mexico, China and the USA.  Customers include Audi, BMW, Volvo, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Tesla, Maserati, Land Rover, and many others.


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Attica Manufacturing (Ontario Company) chooses St. Clair County, MI.

Attica Manufacturing, Inc., a London, Ontario, company has signed a 2-year lease to open a U.S. location at 10138 Radiance Drive, in Fair Haven, Michigan.  The company will be investing up to $1.5 Million in machinery and equipment and adding up to 20 jobs over the next two years.

Specializing in CNC machined parts, Attica Manufacturing, serves clients in the healthcare, energy automotive, food & beverage industry.  The U.S. facility in St. Clair County, Michigan, will expand its manufacturing capabilities to also include fabricating. 

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Port Huron, Michigan, makes final cut to present successes at Michigan's largest retail conference


June 27, 2014, Novi, MI:   The Cities of Marquette, Ferndale, Westland, Bay City, Brighton and Port Huron have been selected by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) to participate on the Municipal Runway at the 44th Annual Michigan Idea Exchange & Alliance Program on July 24, 2014 from 8:45am - 9:30am at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi, MI. These communities were selected following a two month state-wide competition because of their best practices in crafting Public/Private Partnerships that have attracted capital, created jobs and raised the tax base in their communities.   

The Municipal Runway is being held for the second year thanks to ICSC's Alliance Committee. Alliance is a special ICSC initiative that provides forums for the public and private sectors to network, share ideas and explore retail development opportunities.  Alliance Co-Chair Matthew Berke commented recently:  "I couldn't be prouder of the good work our team has done to place an unprecedented spotlight on Michigan communities.  I am anxious for our audience to hear the stories of how 6 leaders have created economic development in spite of significant obstacles."

More than 500 Public Officials, Retailers, Developers and Professional Service Providers will be in attendance July 24, and the Preliminary Program complete with speakers and topics, deal making table registration, retail runway information, sponsors and keynotes is contained in the link below.


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7-County Region Wage and Benefit Survey Results Released

Survey Results Point to Increased Hiring in 7-County Region Including St. Clair County

I-69 International Trade Corridor and MI Green Thumb Release Wage and Benefit Survey Results

(ST. CLAIR COUNTY, MICH. – June 2, 2014) Today, the St. Clair County Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of St. Clair County, along with economic development partners in the I-69 International Trade Corridor and the MI Green Thumb released the results of a first-of-its-kind Regional Wage and Benefit Survey, which was conducted in collaboration with the University of Michigan-Flint.  The survey, which includes aggregate data from a 7-county region, projected increased hiring and minimal layoffs for the coming year.  Data from Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, St. Clair, Tuscola, Sanilac and Huron counties are included in the results.  

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