Economic Development Services
The Right Place is your single source for business success in West Michigan.
In 2019, The Right Place assisted thousands of companies throughout West Michigan, connecting them to a variety of assistance programs. For many of them, that included assembling incentive packages to support more than $272.1 million in new investment, over 1,597 created and retained jobs, and more than $145.3 million in new payroll.
The Right Place serves both current and prospective West Michigan companies, providing one-stop assistance for location, innovation, and growth. Assisting wealth generating firms in advanced manufacturing, life sciences, information technology, agribusiness, and aerospace & defense, The Right Place offers:
Supply Chain and Partner Opportunities
Using local suppliers can save your company both time and money. We have met with thousands of businesses across the region. Let us know what you're looking for, and we'll find it here in West Michigan.
Regional Service Providers
There are a plethora of regional service groups ready to support your business, such as: local and state government, legal, finance, worker training, suppliers, and more. We can link you to the right providers to address your business growth challenges.
Confidential Site Location Services
Whether you're growing, consolidating, or looking for a new site, having an objective resource to guide you through the process is critical to finding the right location. Our team will work with you and the local commercial real estate community to determine the best fit for your business.
State and Local Incentives
There is a risk/reward equation for every business growth decision. We work side-by-side with you, coordinating state and local resources to support your growth, lowering your business risk in the creation of new job and capital investment in West Michigan.
West Michigan Business Research
Leverage our business research services to start the next chapter of your business journey. You know your business. We know West Michigan's business community. Combine the two and you have information to make better, more informed decisions.
International Business Development
Marketing West Michigan to the world. Throughout our 30-year history, we have built international business relationships with companies throughout the world. As a result, West Michigan is home to over 130 international companies.
Regional Business Infrastructure Improvements
Improving the region's business infrastructure is essential to future economic growth in the region. We provide input and assistance to regional infrastructure improvement plans, ensuring the business community's needs are met for future growth.
Manufacturing Innovation and Product Development
Driving innovative thinking throughout your business can lead to exponential business growth. Leverage our connections with regional colleges and universities, alternative funding sources, and innovation cooperatives to spark innovation in your company.
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The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center) has provided objective, straight-forward manufacturing technical support to small to mid-sized companies for over two decades. With deep strategic partnerships, you’ll find the solutions your business needs to succeed here in West Michigan. Services include:
- Workforce training and certification
- Business-to-business learning programs
- Conferences, workshops, and tours-of-best practice
- Business assessment tools and metrics
- Leadership development
- Continuous Improvement and Lean Solutions
- Customized consulting
Visit the The Center website to learn more.
Hello West Michigan promotes the region as a place where business thrives and people want to live and work. They seek to increase the rate of success member companies have in their efforts to recruit top talent. Through members and collaborations with other regional organizations, Hello West Michigan helps new residents find their fit in West Michigan. Services include:
- One-stop shop website for people interested in relocating to West Michigan
- Job Portal featuring open positions at member companies
- Candidate Database: Relocating, new in town, or a trailing significant other? Upload your resume here
- Events: Networking, career fairs, ReThink West Michigan
To learn more about Hello West Michigan, or to find out how to become a member company, please visit the Hello West Michigan website at www.hellowestmichigan.com