August 1, 2014

GLB Magazine

Central Michigan University Research Corporation (CMURC), a local business accelerator, is an amazing asset to the Great Lakes Bay Region.The organization, which is housed in the Pure Michigan Mount Pleasant SmartZone™, works with entrepreneurs to support the growth of their ideas into successful enterprises in the region. Partnerships with local academic institutions, municipal programs, and various industries allow CMURC to open new doors and leverage resources for the companies and communities it serves. To the team at Central Michigan University Research Corporation, it is all about connections, community, and building a sound business foundation. From idea-inspiring communal lunches to kickball games, everyone will be energized in the fun and creative space. But don’t be fooled by all the fun— this environment is dedicated to nurturing businesses of varying sizes and stages that need guidance and resources in order to be successful. In the last year alone, 95 entrepreneurs participated in CMURC programs, which directly led to the creation of 27 new companies. In turn, this created 62 new jobs and over $5 million in investments. The synergistic nature of likeminded people from all aspects of development, from web design to legal advice, in a deeply connected and innovative place makes CMURC an organization that gets results. In addition to its accelerator programs, services, and space, CMURC is breaking ground on a 300-acre SmartZone Technology Park, a space that is adjacent to Central Michigan University on campusowned property and primed for commercial development.With SmartZone development incentives including unique funding programs, collaboration opportunities, and world-class resources being made available, more businesses will soon call Mount Pleasant home. The entrepreneurial spirit of Central Michigan University Research Corporation is a shining beacon of business opportunity and a prospect of unlimited prosperity in the Great Lakes Bay Region!