June 18, 2016

Midland Daily News

The Midland Area Chamber of Commerce has joined the Central Michigan University Research Corp.’s Passport Program along with three other chambers including Bay, Mount Pleasant and Saginaw.

The collaboration efforts continue to strengthen the connectivity between entrepreneurs and the business community across the Great Lakes Bay Region, according to organizers.

“The partnership with CMURC was a unique opportunity for us to protect and promote the regional business community,” said Bill Allen, president and CEO of the Midland Business Alliance, the umbrella organization that directs both the Midland Chamber and Midland Tomorrow. “With a strong region, it will allow for a stronger presence and more opportunity to recruit active and engaged companies.”

The Passport Program was created to introduce entrepreneurs to the regional business community during the early stage of their businesses. Entrepreneurs gain access to networking events and receive significant discounts on needed business services from trusted, vetted providers.

“A cornerstone of the program is to improve the economic climate of the region to make it a prime location for high tech entrepreneurs and supporting businesses,” CMURC President and CEO Erin Strang said. “The more partners moving in the same direction, the sooner we will get there.”

Along with the four regional chambers, more than 50 service providers from across the state have found value in partnering in the Passport Program. Providers including accountants, attorneys, marketing consultants, graphic designers, technology consultants, programmers, engineers and manufacturers are receiving deal flow from high potential entrepreneurs and establishing relationships early on in the company’s development.

Strang said by engaging with the Passport Program to promote regionalism, you’ll find new customers, clients and referrals along with a network of strong, passionate community leaders. If you are a service provider looking to expand your footprint in the Great Lakes Bay Region, or a business looking to grow, learn more and contact CMURC at http://cmurc.com/apply.