Traverse City Record-Eagle

March 29, 2014

Ag Forum: Pure Michigan Business Connect an asset

BY ROB SIRRINE Special to the Record-Eagle
Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Are you a farmer, agriculture entrepreneur, food hub manager, or value-added agricultural producer? Then Pure Michigan Business Connect may be able to help your business grow.

Pure Michigan Business Connect is a public-private initiative that serves to help grow and enhance the competitiveness of Michigan businesses. The initiative was developed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and offers businesses assistance in two major ways:

n Access to business to business (B2B) networks.

n Free or low-cost professional business services.

The B2B network provides companies that would like to source Michigan products with an opportunity to do so by connecting Michigan businesses. One way connections are made is through “supplier summits.” MEDC and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recently held a matchmaking event in Lansing to help businesses procure opportunities between companies.

Pure Michigan Business Connect also connects entrepreneurs or start-up businesses with participating businesses that offer accounting, legal, consulting, web design, and other services at no cost or reduced rates. Since the program is open to all Michigan-based businesses, agricultural entrepreneurs or value-added food processors can take advantage of these services to help launch or expand their businesses.

If you are an agricultural or value-added producer is interested in participating in the program, visit www.puremichiganb2b.com and complete a “Request for Services” agreement. Your completed form will generate emails to participating professional service providers that will be in contact within 7 to 10 business days. For more information please visit the Pure Michigan Business Connect website or view an informative webinar on PMBC here.

For more information on MSU Extension, please visit the Michigan State University Extension webpage or contact Rob Sirrine, MSUE Community Food Systems Educator, sirrine@msu.edu or visit the MSU Hops Production Website.