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Business Leaders for Michigan is an organization dedicated to making Michigan a "Top Ten" state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy. Serving as the state's business roundtable, Business Leaders for Michigan is composed of the chairpersons, chief executives or most senior executives of the state’s largest job providers and universities. Read more...

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Business Leaders for Michigan takes "Michigan Ambassador" Program to the Big Apple

Top corporate CEOs meet global executives with strong Michigan ties, site selection experts 

New York City, November 7, 2013 — Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state's business roundtable, today brought leading corporate executives to New York City to meet with “Michigan alumni” and top business development leaders to talk about Michigan’s comeback and reestablished position as a leading location for business development and expansion.  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder joined executives in emphasizing the state’s strengths on key factors that lead to economic expansion.   

“In just a few short years, Michigan has transformed its business climate,” said Doug Rothwell, Business Leaders for Michigan President and CEO. “The steps Michigan has taken to become more competitive have paid off.  Our tax climate has flipped from one of the nation’s worst to one of the best, Michigan is a national leader in terms of R&D and talent production and Michigan’s per capita GDP, per capita income and employment have all grown faster than the national average.”

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Playing to Win

At Business Leaders for Michigan, we believe in basing actions on facts – not just what we think. That means we have to know how Michigan stacks up to our competitors to reach our goal of making Michigan a Top Ten state again. 

Last week, we issued the 4th edition of our Economic Competitiveness Benchmarking Report showing where Michigan’s competitive and where we’re not.  Strengths that we can build on include a greatly improved tax and regulatory climate and a more efficient government that is working better and more collaboratively than in the past.

Look at how we stack up to Top performing states on measures of innovation - we produce 30% more patents, our universities generate about 30% more research and development, and the value of our exports is 50% more than Top Ten states. Our capacity to innovate positions us well to meet more of what the world needs – a key characteristic of Top Ten states.

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Charting Michigan’s Comeback

2013 Michigan CEO Summit Showcases Growth & Progress, Pushes for Aggressive, Cohesive Growth Strategy that Leverages the State’s Competitive Strengths

DETROIT, Mich., October 30, 2013 —More than 400 business executives, nonprofit and community leaders, and policymakers met today in Detroit to take stock of Michigan’s economic transformation to date.  Leaders also rallied around winning competitive strategies for moving Michigan and its businesses to the front of the line.

Former Governor John Engler, now CEO of the (U.S.) Business Roundtable, and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Burrus headlined the summit.

Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) unveiled an advance preview of its economic benchmarking report, which shows Michigan is continuing to head in the right direction relative to most economic indicators.

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Business Leaders for Michigan Applauds Legislature for Action on Common Core State Standards

DETROIT Mich., October 24, 2013 — Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, applauds the action taken today by the Michigan Senate and previous action taken by the Michigan House of Representatives to affirm the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for our K12 public schools in Michigan.

“The CCSS are a set of clear expectations internationally benchmarked against high-performing regions around the world, ensuring our student-preparation will be second to none and letting us know if Michigan children are learning at the same pace as those in Indiana and Ohio or India and Japan,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO. “The CCSS are consistent for all - and not dependent on a student's zip code - ensuring all students across the state, gain the knowledge and skills necessary for a career or to further their education. They provide an opportunity for Michigan to learn from innovative practices in other states that may be getting better results.”

“The House and Senate votes in support of Common Core are a credit to the leadership of House Speaker Jase Bolger, House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, and Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer. State Senator Howard Walker and State Representative Tim Kelly, chairs of the committees that took public testimony on the CCSS and sponsored the resolutions allowing the standard to go forward, deserve special recognition for allowing all sides of this debate to be heard and addressing concerns in the resolutions that were ultimately approved.”


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Start-up entrepreneurs to be featured at the 2013 Business Leaders for Michigan CEO Summit

Founders of The Empowerment Plan, Duo Security and Armune BioScience, Inc. to share first-hand insights on building a company from the ground up

Detroit, Mich., Oct. 24, 2013 — Today, Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) announced that three successful start-up entrepreneurs will be featured at its 2013 Michigan CEO Summit on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. The full agenda and registration information can be found at

The theme of the 2013 Michigan CEO Summit is “Putting Michigan in the Winner’s Circle.” The daylong agenda is designed to empower entrepreneurs, the business community and civic leaders with new insights & ideas to help their organizations compete  and win - in today's global economy.  This is the second annual Michigan CEO Summit presented by Business Leaders for Michigan.

Joining a lineup of speakers that includes some of the state’s most respected leaders are three Michigan start-up CEOs. In a panel titled, “How do you win from the start?” these entrepreneurs will provide a “from the trenches” view of growing a business from the very beginning.

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