Grants and Opportunities

Get Ready for Plug and Play Detroit's Batch 4!

Join us at the Brakeman to celebrate the selection of the startup finalists for our upcoming cohort, Batch 4! A night full of drinks and Penny Red's chicken to enjoy with corporate partners, startups, investors, and more. This is a great chance to meet with others in the Michigan mobility space here. Join us at the Brakeman, Thursday, March 30th from 5-7pm ET for this great event! Learn more and RSVP here!

Mich. Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) Resources & Funding for MBEs (Apr. 11)

Please register to join us for a webinar on April 11 from 11 am – 12 pm ET via Zoom Webinar to learn about how you can best leverage Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) Services & the Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) Grant.

This webinar is FREE to attend and is relevant for MBEs in all industries, not just manufacturing. MMTC offers a wealth of expertise, services, and courses in technical education that can benefit all MBEs, regardless of industry sector. To learn more, please click to download the fliers below:

MMTC Impact - What We Do

List of MMTC Services

About the Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) Grant

MDEX Matchmaking 2023 (Apr. 20)

Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) is excited to offer buyer-supplier matchmaking at the 2023 MDEX event, connecting Michigan businesses with relevant capabilities to private and public defense organizations.

Pre-scheduled one-on-one buyer-supplier meetings will take place at the event. Buyers include: the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS), Hutchinson Industries, Mettle Ops, Orscheln Products, and TACOM OSBP.

Find key dates and apply today by clicking here!

The National Institute for Sewn Trades Is Here to Serve You!

Are you an MBE in soft goods manufacturing? Please review services from the Industrial Sewing and Innovation Center (ISAIC) at this link! ISAIC is a pioneering nonprofit, national resource for the manufacturing of soft goods. They are advancing solutions that are transforming the industry while promoting the upward trajectory of people through training.

Oakland County Michigan Works! Employer Workshop Series

​Join the Oakland County Michigan Works! Business Service Team and featured guest speakers to discuss and explore educational and informative topics geared towards workforce needs of employers. View upcoming workshops today by clicking here!

Buyer-Supplier Matchmaking at Making It In Michigan (Apr. 20)

Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) are excited to partner with the MSU Product Center on the 2023 Making It In Michigan event.

As a part of the Making It In Michigan event, PMBC & MDARD will host one-on-one matchmaking meetings bringing together purchasers including grocers, retailers, distributors, institutional buyers, or others looking to procure Michigan-made food and beverage products, with Michigan food and agricultural businesses from around the state - all with one common goal to strengthen the state's food supply chain.

Buyers/Distributors interested in meeting with Michigan food and beverage suppliers, and Michigan food & beverage businesses interested in getting products in front of buyers and distributors, should visit for details on how to participate.

More from Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) Partners

Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance

Capital Connect Program application open now!

Tenecia Johnson [email protected] 313-797-0989

  • Advocating on behalf of residents and businesses for the I-375 redevelopment


Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

  • March 29th – Economic Forum Breakfast


Great Lakes Women Business Council

  • April 5th – ExecWe (Business sustainability)
  • CEED – Small Business Meet-Ups to promote GLWBC lending arm
  • April – Membership Meeting
  • May – WeSucceed Indiana
  • Sept 26-27 – Annual Conference


Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce

  • Webinar for Microbusienss Cyber Security
  • March 9th – East West Business Conference
  • April 29th – Annual Gala


West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

MEDC Michigan Main Street Solution Center

The Michigan Main Street program is committed to providing ongoing support and technical assistance to communities as they seek to revitalize and manage their traditional downtowns and commercial districts. Our focus has been to create a comprehensive collection of best practices, case studies, guides, and videos on the challenges and solutions in the world of downtown and commercial district preservation and economic development. 

Follow these steps to start using the Main Street Solution Center today!

  1. Watch our webinar for an overview of the Top 40 Downtown and District Management Best Practices (Slide Deck | Recording)
  2. Download the Solution Center Catalog
  3. Use the Solution Center Scorecard in each section of the Catalog to evaluate your organization's performance, strengths, growth opportunities, and areas of need, and to identify the tools and resources that could provide inspiration and help take your organization to the next level
  4. Explore the Solution Center to find the tools and resources that match your organization's development priorities

Questions on any particular document should be directed to Michigan Main Street Staff ([email protected]). If you don't find what you're looking for here, we encourage you to contact MMS Staff to talk further about your needs. Find more information about the program here.


Michigan Women Forward Launch New Business Microloan Program

Michigan Women Forward (MWF), a certified community development financial institution (CDFI), announces the launch of a new $10 million microbusiness loan program for women and entrepreneurs of color in Michigan. The Michigan Economic Opportunity Fund will lend to individuals who don’t qualify for traditional loans through banks or other financial institutions.

Women and entrepreneurs of color can apply for Michigan Economic Opportunity Fund loans by visiting All applicants must submit an application form, demographic information, personal financial statements, business plan with projections, and other supporting documentation for consideration. Questions about the program can be emailed to [email protected] or by calling 313-962-1920.

Forward Accelerator Launches for Black and Latino Entrepreneurs (Apply by Apr. 1)

Black and Latino retail entrepreneurs can now access fresh funding, mentoring, and products they need to thrive thanks to a new business accelerator program announced by Square.

The program, called ‘Forward’ and launched in partnership with Social Change Fund United, will support 25 early-stage businesses who will be awarded $20,000 in funding along with exclusive access to trainings developed in partnership with 1863 Ventures, a national business development non-profit. Participants will also get to meet with celebrity entrepreneurs such as Ayesha Curry, Dwayne Wade and Rosario Dawson, who are serving as mentors for the program. Learn more and apply today by clicking here!

The Catalyst Fund (Apr. 3 - Apr. 10)

Mastercard is providing $175,000 in funding to Black-identifying entrepreneur (s) based in selected cities across the country to help them succeed. Find more info and apply now by clicking here!

One Million Black Women: Black in Business Program (Apr. 21)

Applications for the Fall Cohort of Goldman Sachs’ Black in Business program are now open. This program is dedicated to reaching Black #womenentrepreneurs with the tools necessary to turn their business potential into business growth. Learn more at:

2023 Small Business Growth Fund (Apr. 24 - May 1)

Hello Alice and Global Entrepreneurship (GEN) are awarding small business owners up to $25,000 in grants to achieve their next goal. Find more info and apply now by clicking here!

Driving Small Business Forward with Progressive (Jun. 5 - Jun. 12)

Progressive is giving small businesses the opportunity to drive their small business forward by providing $25,000 towards the purchase of a commercial vehicle. Find more info and apply now by clicking here!

Juntos Crecemos Hispanic Digital & Delivery Program (PepsiCo)

PepsiCo is inviting Latina entrepreneurs who work in food service to apply for eight weeks of personalized expert consultation, including best practices across operations, technology, marketing, and digital presence. Learn more today and apply at

HerRise Micro-Grant Opportunity

The HerRise Micro-Grant provides financial assistance, with the help of our corporate sponsors and donors, to women of color creating innovative solutions that impact their community and that are often unable to secure funding for their small businesses. Each month a $500 micro-grant will be awarded to a small business owned by women of color. Find more info and apply today at