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Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program

The State of Michigan has allocated $55 million to implement the Michigan Small Business Survival Grant Program to support the needs of Michigan businesses that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus and the Gatherings and Mask Order. Jackson County has received $704,000 allocation to fund small businesses. The application to apply will open at 9:00 a.m. EST on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 and close at noon on Friday, January 22, 2021. The Enterprise Group of Jackson and a review committee will be reviewing and approving applications for Jackson County after the application period has closed. Here are the local criteria the review committee will use as a guide to make their decision: · Number of employees impacted · Wages · Impact of COVID-19 on the business · Geographic diversity · Economic impact of COVID-19 on the business location For more information, FAQ’s, and a link to the application, please visit
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Consumers Energy partners with local agencies to develop COVID-19 survival toolkit

Small businesses and nonprofits throughout the state are suddenly struggling to survive after closing to help us stay safe during the coronavirus outbreak. Consumers Energy has partnered with the Enterprise Group, Jackson Chamber of Commerce, the Anchor Initiative and the Nonprofit Network to develop a COVID-19 Survival Toolkit.

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Here's What We Do

We help businesses start and relocate to Jackson County

We help existing businesses thrive

We are the go-to source for Jackson County economic data

We bring to light the benefits of living in Jackson County

We work hard to meet Jackson employers' workforce needs

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Here's what people say about us

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- Daniel J. Phelan, Ph.D., President
Jackson College

“The Enterprise Group represents the first, and best line of defense in economic development for Jackson County.  It’s future-focused Board of Directors is comprised of a solid cross-section of the community and is committed to the collaborative advancement of region.”

-Larry Schultz,
Chairman, Great Lakes Industry, Inc.

“The Enterprise Group has become a vital part of our Jackson Community. They actively and professionally assist and promote the interests of our economy and business. And what’s good for business is generally good for Jackson – jobs, investment, a solid tax base, charity and community service. Kudos to the EG for all the good work!”

-Ronnie Johncox,
President, Technique, Inc.

“The Enterprise Group, Blackman Charter Township, and JAMA have all played key roles in keeping Technique in Jackson. We needed to expand and our local options were not looking good. The Enterprise Group brought Blackman Charter Township and Technique together, which helped us justify the creation a new and exceptional manufacturing facility with room to grow. JAMA has been a tremendous resource for our workforce development and their tireless efforts continue to serve the many needs of the manufacturing community.”

- Dan Ross, President
TransPharm Preclinical Solutions  

“The Enterprise Group was instrumental in the start-up phase of my project here at TransPharm.  The entire group embraced this project and facilitated numerous meetings with the people I needed to speak with at the local and state level.  I can say with confidence that we may not have been able to get off the ground without their help.  We have been in business since 2008 and the EG is still intimately involved, showing they are here to support not only new businesses, but those second stage companies as well.”      

- Benjamin Braitsch, President and CEO
Airmaster Fan Company

“From finding a new location to making sure we were finally connected to High-Speed internet, The EG was a top-notch economic development team connecting all the dots for us. Without The EG’s support, we would not have been able to push this project as much as we did. Their efforts helped us look forward to completing our move on time without any extra expenses.”

- Kevin Oxley, Superintendent
Jackson County Intermediate School District

“The business community and the education community are co-dependent on each other.  We have an obligation to work together to create a strong and vital place to live and work.”

- William Dobbins, President
Caster Concepts

“To get the point of sticking a shovel in the ground it takes input from many valued partners. Certainly one of our key partners in this project is The Enterprise Group and PTAC. The guidance and support that they have provided to me and to our company has been very valuable. We are fortunate to have this organization in Jackson County supporting business efforts at all levels”

- Ronald Geisman, President
Lomar Machine and Tool Company

“The Enterprise Group of Jackson has been a tremendous asset to Lomar Machine and Tool Co. As a strong advocate for manufacturing in Michigan, The Enterprise Group ensures we are aware of state and federal governmental decisions, programs and opportunities affecting our business. We depend on the strong relationships they have cultivated in public policy to voice our concerns as well as to offer advice and alternatives as we make critical business decisions. The EG has had a profound impact on our training and employee recruitment efforts through their partnership with the Jackson Area Manufacturers Association. The opportunity for skilled trades training and education has allowed Lomar a competitive advantage in the field and a compelling goal for younger employees to work towards while acquiring the necessary technical skills to take on greater opportunities within the company.”

- Chrissy Siders, President and CEO
CP Federal Credit Union

“We could not have been more pleased with the Jackson County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (JCBRA). We are excited about an opportunity in Brooklyn yet facing some challenges with the property. We were at a critical decision point as to whether or not to move forward with the project when the JCBRA was recommended to us. We contacted the JCBRA on a Tuesday, and had a conference call the next day. Everyone we spoke with was extremely knowledgeable and professional. We completed the application by the end of the week and received confirmation the following week that it was approved. The expeditious handling of this was more than impressive! The JCBRA revived our excitement for this growth opportunity."

- Jeff Beal, Superintendent
Jackson Public Schools

“Jackson Public Schools is proud to continue developing our relationships with local businesses, manufacturers and secondary partners to provide the workforce that will build a strong Jackson for the future. The possibilities are endless when we develop relationships with children early, provide real world experiences, and inspire our future to pursue skills that will allow them to stay and work and contribute to our city and county. Our early college programming allows for students to pursue their dreams down any career pathway earning up to 60 post secondary credits while in school and avoiding the insurmountable loan debt that all too often accompanies pursuit of post secondary goals. Whether students are pursuing a skilled trades certification, a high tech manufacturing career, or a full four year degree Jackson Public Schools will work with parents and students to break down the barriers and make the future a reality.”

- Miles E. (Mike) Jones, Co-Chairman
Dawn Food Products, Inc.

“Since 1920, Jackson Michigan has been the national and international headquarters of Dawn Food Products. We are pleased and proud to be a part of the greater Jackson community and proud to be long-term Investor of The Enterprise Group of Jackson.”

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The Enterprise Group of Jackson, Inc. (EG) was established in 1997 to lead business recruitment and retention in Jackson County. The EG is a private/public partnership organized to promote and coordinate economic development initiatives and create wealth within Jackson County.

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Imagine Jackson 2020 Progress

  • 933 new jobs committed
  • 114% of our Goal!
  • 1,120 indirect jobs created as a result
  • 774 retained or saved jobs
  • $152.2 Million Total new investment to Jackson County
  • EG and Community Accomplishments January 1, 2016 through September 30, 2019

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In 2020, developing Jackson Technology Park North as well as talent and workforce initiatives continue to be a top priority for The Enterprise Group of Jackson, as we work with our partners in higher education and business. JAC3, FIRST Robotics/FTC, MFG Day, and the Skills PACT, are all programs that The EG is deeply involved in as ways to enhance our talent pool for the future.

- Tim Rogers