WIN – Region Turnover Study

In February 2019, six Michigan Works! Agencies (MWAs) contracted with the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) to examine employee turnover in the region. This work aims to provide the MWAs with a comprehensive understanding of the root causes of employee turnover and the potential gaps that exist in the development of career pathways for those with barriers to employment. Information gathered from a region-wide employer survey, convenings of local employers, and nationwide best practice research is included in this report.

The results of the employer survey represent a unique data source for our region, as this information is not currently tracked or reported by federal, state, or local entities. The information about the challenges and opportunities within our region is intended to assist MWAs in better serving employers and workers. In particular, this will help to inform the resources aimed at reducing employee turnover.

VIEW WIN – Region Turnover Study

MMSDC 2019 Summer Hours Announcement

Dear Valued Members, MBEs, and Partners,

Effective May 31, 2019, through August 30, 2019, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) and the Michigan Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will be observing special summer business hours.
We will maintain regular business hours of 8:30 AM through 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday and operate from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Fridays.

As always, we are committed to providing exceptional service to our constituency and will provide phone coverage until 5:00 PM each Friday.


Michelle Sourie Robinson
President & CEO


MiSpringboard: Helping Michigan Entrepreneurs Put Their Bright Ideas to Work

MiSpringboard is Varnum’s statewide initiative designed to remove some of the barriers associated with starting a business by providing free legal services to Michigan startups.

Varnum launched the MiSpringboard program in 2011 as a way of helping Michigan’s then-struggling economy with a commitment of $1 million in free legal services, MiSpringboard was our way of helping the economy by doing what we do best – providing high-quality legal counsel to qualified businesses and individuals.

Due to the overwhelming success of this program, in 2016 Varnum renewed its commitment to Michigan startups by dedicating a second $1 million in free legal services through the MiSpringboard program.


Steps to Free Legal Services

Ideal participants should be located in Michigan, have a written business plan, demonstrate a need for Varnum’s legal support and have the potential to drive Michigan job growth.

MiSpringboard Services You May Need
  • Corporation and limited liability entity formations
  • Equity investments and securities offerings
  • Capital structure planning
  • Trademark registration and acquisition of domain names
  • Intellectual property protection
  • Licensing
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Nondisclosure agreements
  • Employment agreements, compensation planning, and non-competes
  • Compliance with employment laws
  • Employee benefits
  • Research collaboration agreements
  • Distribution agreements
  • State and federal tax planning and compliance
  • Immigration
  • Privacy and security issues
  • Introductions to accountants, lenders and other resources


Qualified participants meet with a Varnum attorney to assess their business needs and are assigned a single point of contact at Varnum, even if their legal needs require attorneys from more than one practice area. Participants will receive approximately $2,500 in free legal services, although it may vary based on the need of the individual business.

For more information, please contact Joan Andrew at 616-336-6730 or [email protected]

2019 EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program – Apply Now through March 8th

Seeking the unstoppable entrepreneurs transforming our world.

There are a lot of successful people in the world. But to build something truly remarkable, you can’t let anything stand in your way. And only a few leaders are part of this special group: the ones who never give up. Driven by their desire to better the world around them, they stop at nothing to achieve their greatest ambitions. They cut through the noise of this transformative age by breaking away from the pack — and then end up leading it. If you are an unstoppable entrepreneur or have been inspired by an innovative leader in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region, we invite you to apply/submit a nomination to the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2019 program, now in its 33rd year.

Deadline to apply is March 8, 2019.


Learn More – Read the full program package 

Apply Now – Submit a nomination


MMSDC President responds to Gov. Whitmer’s EO for disadvantaged businesses

MMSDC President responds to Gov. Whitmer’s EO for disadvantaged businesses

January 7, 2019, Detroit, MI—  With just three days in office, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has sent a strong message that Michigan’s disadvantaged businesses are a priority.

Just over a year ago, MMSDC created a bipartisan Meet the Candidate campaign inviting candidates from all parties in state and national elections to meet our constituents and share their platforms.  One of the first candidates to respond and seriously engage our constituents was then-Candidate Whitmer.  

She not only listened to our minority business owners and the corporations that support them to create and sustain nearly 200,000 jobs annually, but she has affirmatively responded.

This is not a handout or baseless preferential treatment, as the private sector has realized proven cost savings, greater innovation, and enhanced value by becoming more inclusive. Her EO will simply help to ensure that everyone has a chance to compete.

On behalf of MMSDC, we are extremely proud to work alongside her and Lt. Governor Garland Gilchrist to define the best practice processes that will ensure all businesses have an opportunity to compete for state contracts for the betterment of our state and communities therein.” 

MMSDC Offices Will Be Closed December 24th – January 1st

Happy Holidays & Seasons Greetings from the MMSDC Staff!

All of us here at the MMSDC would like to wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday season!

MMSDC Offices will be closed Monday, December 24th through Tuesday, January 1st for the holiday season. We will reopen the office on Wednesday, January 2nd.

We look forward to an exciting and successful 2019!



Joe Anderson, Jethro Joseph, and Carmen Muñoz are our 2018 Inductees into the Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame

For Immediate Release                                                                 Contact: Daniel Jackson
(313) 873-2124
[email protected]

September 10, 2018, Detroit, MI— The Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) has announced Joe Anderson, Jethro Joseph, and Carmen Muñoz as their 2018 inductees for the Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame.  This prestigious honor recognizes those with a positive transformational impact on Michigan’s minority businesses, including government and community leaders as well as iconic MBEs and corporate leaders. The induction will take place at the MMSDC’s 2018 ACE Awards program on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Novi Suburban Collection Showplace.

“It gives me great pleasure to induct a dynamic group of minority business icons into the Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame,” said Michelle Sourie Robinson, MMSDC President/CEO.  “We celebrate the many hidden figures driving economic development in Michigan and beyond.  In their own way, each of this year’s honorees has made a significant economic impact on Michigan and beyond. Carmen Muñoz provided leadership in the Hispanic community at a time when women entrepreneurs were rare in her industry. Joe Anderson has built a legacy of mentorship by empowering minority entrepreneurs through professional and financial support. Lastly, Jethro Joseph assisted numerous minority business owners by helping them get their start through his work at FCA. I have tremendous respect for all of our honorees and can’t wait to join the chorus to thank them for the indelible imprint they’ve made.”

The MMSDC ACE Awards is one of the most significant minority business events that take place annually in Michigan where the top leaders, executives, and visionaries in the region come together to celebrate individuals and companies who are championing minority supplier development.

As a key driver of minority business development for over 40 years in Michigan, MMSDC is the home of the Michigan Minority Business Hall of Fame. This award honors men and women who have made significant contributions to minority supplier development in the state of Michigan.

To purchase tickets or sponsorship opportunities, please visit  For more information on the event, please contact Soo Karber at [email protected].

Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards – Apply by July 20th!


It’s Time to DREAM BIG!

Big dreams deserve big rewards, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with MetLife to recognize the very best in American small business.  Every year at the Small Business Summit, the Dream Big Small Business of the Year Awards Program honors the achievements of small businesses and highlights their contributions to America’s economic growth.

The Dream Big Small Business of the Year Award will be awarded to one small business that exemplifies success and leadership.  The winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize.

In addition to the Dream Big award, Business Achievement Awards will be given in six categories to honor small businesses that demonstrate the spirit of free enterprise:

  • Emerging Business Achievement Award
  • Green/Sustainable Business Achievement Award
  • Minority-Owned Business Achievement Award
  • Veteran-Owned Business Achievement Award
  • Woman-Owned Business Achievement Award
  • Young Entrepreneur Achievement Award


Applications are due July 20.

Visit for more information.

Questions? Contact [email protected].

MMSDC 2018 Summer Hours


Effective June 1st, 2018 to September 7th, 2018, the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) and the Michigan Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) will be observing special summer business hours.

Summer Business Hours will be as follows:


8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


As always, we are committed to providing exceptional service to our constituency. If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact our office at (313) 873-2000.