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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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Who Will Continue Michigan's Turnaround?

We can all have a role in Michigan's turnaround! On November 4th, we will choose a Governor and legislative leaders to guide our state and support the Michigan Turnaround Plan (MTP). The MTP is a blueprint with real solutions to make MI a Top Ten state for jobs, incomes, and a healthy economy.
Thanks to Governor Snyder and our legislative leaders, much of the MTP has been addressed. State government finances are more stable. Changes to our tax system have reduced the burden for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Long-term debt has been reduced. Unnecessary regulations have been eliminated. Jobs, personal income and population are on the rise. But we still have work ahead to make MI a Top Ten state.
We examined the voting records and responses to our MTP questionnaire to determine candidate support for the MTP. Click here to see where the candidates stand on the Michigan Turnaround Plan. MI's turnaround has started. It's important we choose leaders who will keep our great state moving forward.

Business Growth in Detroit’s Creative Corridor: A Snapshot

When you think about design, what American cities come to mind? New York? Chicago? San Francisco? How about Detroit? That’s right - Detroit ranks right up there among North America’s leading design cities. The Motor City is actually home to many top design-driven industries, world-class educational facilities and the country’s highest concentrations of industrial and commercial designers. 

Business Leaders for Michigan and the College for Creative Studies created the Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) in a joint partnership. DC3 is an economic development organization whose purpose is to provide support to Detroit’s creative industries in the form of resources, exposure, and advocacy and recognize Detroit as a global center for design.

“The Detroit Creative Corridor Center was created as part of a Detroit Renaissance initiative to expand metro Detroit's creative economy,” said Doug Rothwell, President & CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan. “Over the past four years, DC3 has championed a strategy focused on unleashing the economic potential of Detroit’s creative industries, and BLM is proud to announce that those efforts are paying off in a big way. We believe Detroit has the assets to re-emerge as a global center for design.”

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Just Ahead: The 2014 CEO Summit

If you're not already registered for this year's CEO Summit at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, you'll want to be sure to sign up soon.  Our agenda is action-packed with speakers and topics that will not only help our state continue its turnaround, but also support new ideas for innovation and collaboration in your own daily work.

Peter Diamandis Don't miss Peter Diamandis.  Named by Fortune Magazine as "One of 50 of the World's Greatest Leaders," the X Prize chairman and CEO delivers this year's keynote following a day of fast-paced panel discussions and networking.  This year's panels include discussions about keeping Michigan on the leading edge of global competition and innovation. You'll also learn how successful entrepreneurs maintain their edge, how to effectively launch new start-ups, and how to keep your business competitive in the long term.


There's a lot to explore, click here to learn more and register!

November 13, 2014 |  The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit 

 8:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Admission $125


BLM & MEDC: Suppliers Needed for Michigan Matchmaking Supplier Summit

LANSING, Mich. –Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) and MEDC’s Pure Michigan Business Connect office are partnering on an invitation-only supplier summit to be held on October 8 at the Lansing Center. The goal of the event is to help businesses and universities identify Michigan-based suppliers to meet their procurement needs.

The summit will feature purchasing representatives and subject matter experts from some of the largest and most influential businesses and universities in Michigan, all of which are interested in keeping their supply chains local.

“Some of the state’s largest companies have identified their future supply needs and this event is designed to help them find Michigan-based partners capable of delivering crucial resources,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO. “This is a great strategy for improving Michigan’s economy and growing jobs and income.  Through this summit, we hope to see some amazing partnerships take hold and flourish.”

“This matchmaking summit, with its diverse range of more than 350 procurement opportunities, will connect Michigan suppliers with some of the state’s largest companies,” said MEDC President and CEO Michael A. Finney. “We commend Business Leaders for Michigan for partnering on this event and for its commitment to engaging with veteran-, minority- and women-owned enterprises, as well as all Michigan suppliers.”

“Boosting local supplier partnerships is key to Michigan’s continued economic growth,” Rothwell said.  He encouraged Michigan suppliers interested in attending to complete the online application and identify their qualifications based on the needs of participating businesses and universities. The priority deadline to apply is September 5, 2014. The online application and a listing of the services and products needed can be found at:

Each application will be reviewed and invitations will be sent to those companies that are the best fit for the specific opportunities. Participating businesses and universities include: 

  • Absopure Water Company
  • Amway
  • Barton Malow Company
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Champion Foods
  • Comerica Bank
  • Consumers Energy
  • Detroit Manufacturing Systems
  • Detroit Tigers, Inc.
  • Domino's Pizza, Inc.
  • DTE Energy
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • FirstMerit-Michigan
  • Flagstar Bank
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Google, Inc.
  • Gordon Food Service, Inc.
  • Haworth, Inc.
  • Herman Miller, Inc.
  • Huntington Bank
  • La-Z-Boy Incorporated
  • Masco Corporation
  • McKinley, Inc.
  • Meijer, Inc.
  • Michigan State University
  • MotorCity Casino Hotel
  • MSX International
  • Olympia Development
  • Olympia Entertainment
  • Perrigo Company
  • PNC Financial Services Group
  • Roush Enterprises, Inc.
  • Rush Trucking Corporation
  • Steelcase Inc.
  • The Bartech Group, Inc.
  • University of Michigan
  • Walbridge
  • Wayne State University


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About Business Leaders for Michigan:

Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable, is dedicated to making Michigan a Top Ten state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy. The organization is composed exclusively of the chairpersons, chief executive officers, or most senior executives of Michigan's largest companies and universities.  Our members drive over 25% of the state’s economy, provide over 325,000 direct and 820,000 indirect jobs in Michigan, generate over $1 trillion in annual revenue and serve nearly one half of all Michigan public university students. Find out more at:

About Pure Michigan Business Connect:

Launched in 2011, Pure Michigan Business Connect is a public-private alliance of the MEDC, state agencies and major Michigan companies and organizations that connects in-state companies to business resources. Companies can find new ways to raise capital, get access to professional business services at little or no cost, connect with each other through a new business-to-business network, and identify potential supplier opportunities, while developing resources to improve their supply chains. Find out more at www.

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It's Time to Eliminate Michigan's Personal Property Tax

Tomorrow, Michigan voters will decide the future of the state's personal property tax. Businesses, seniors, law enforcement and communities across the state have joined together to urge elimination of this tax, which penalizes new investment and hurts growth.

It's long past time Michigan's outdated personal property tax was eliminated.  We've all heard the stories-businesses that bought equipment a half-century ago or more, and have been paying tax on that equipment every single year since-but the truth goes much deeper than that.

If we're going to make Michigan a top ten state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy, we need to keep pace with our competitors in the U.S. and across the globe. The states MI competes with most abandoned this 19th-century method of taxation long ago. They are welcoming new investment, not punishing it.

Even those who receive the personal property tax revenue each year are eager to find a new approach.  The amount of money brought in by the tax tends to fluctuate wildly, leaving local government without a stable, dependable revenue stream.  They, too, would like to bring Michigan into the 21st century.

BLM's view:  BLM strongly endorses the passage of Proposal 1.  We've improved our corporate tax climate, developed friendlier policy and regulatory frameworks, and are nurturing a workforce that is among the nation's finest.  Now we need to remove the last barrier to lasting economic growth-the personal property tax. 

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