Michigan: Resources

Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA)

The Detroit Chinese Business Association (DCBA) aims to foster and facilitate increased collaborations between American and Chinese businesses. Members enjoy several benefits that range from trade shows and seminars, to business translations and other linguistic or cultural assistance. The site includes events, new reports, news letters, and job opportunities. Corporations must pay an annual membership fee to receive all benefits.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 27, 2016

Michigan Business & Professional Association (MBPA)

The Michigan Business Professional Association (MBPA) is a membership organization offering a number of benefits, including service, education, advocacy, and solutions. The site includes information on the services provided by the organization, including business knowledge, facilitated networking, legislative influence, financial savings, and health care reform connect. A list of events is also included.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 27, 2016

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) provides detailed information on what makes Michigan a good place to do business, such as tax incentives and key industries, as well as information on starting, expanding, or relocating a business to Michigan. MEDC international trade programs promote Michigan's small business exports by supporting trade missions, trade shows, market research, marketing assistance, training, and trade promotion offices overseas. A research library with information about MEDC projects, reports, fact sheets, and various other tools is available and accessible by simply clicking "About MEDC" and then following the link to Research Library.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 28, 2016

Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA)

This Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) provides services and political representation for member manufacturers in Michigan. Services include further education and seminars, various human resource services, and discounts for aspects of business such as office supplies, car rentals, and lodging expenses. The site includes news, government affairs, insurance, and events.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 27, 2016

Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Hosted by Grand Valley State University, the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) aims to help new and existing small businesses through counseling, training, and research. There are a number of different tools for existing businesses such as financing, import help, and export help. They also provide aid for the start up and daily operations of a business. This SBDC website details the center's services in depth, and also provides an online guide to entrepreneurship.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 27, 2016

Michigan State University Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)

The Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at Michigan State University looks to further international business education and understanding to business professionals, academic professionals, and students by increasing knowledge development, knowledge deployment, and cultural competitiveness.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 27, 2016

Product Counterfeiting in Michigan: Articulating and Mitigating the Risk

This article reviews counterfeiting activities occurring in Michigan and ways to avoid becoming a victim.  Examples from Michigan-based companies provide tangible illustrations of the problem and potential solutions.  File opens as PDF.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 28, 2016

U.S. Export Assistance Centers in Michigan

The Michigan branch of the Department of Commerce specializes in helping small-to-medium sized companies develop and execute exporting strategies. Specific services offered are trade counseling, market intelligence, business matchmaking, and commercial diplomacy. Fees vary and are based on the service being provided. This website provides information and contacts about the three offices that serve the state, as well as trade events, a resource database for exporters, and a press room.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 27, 2016

United States: Sales Representative and Distributorship Contracts in Michigan - A Lexwork International Exclusive

This document describes Michigan’s use of Freedom of Contract and its exceptions. The Michigan Sales Representative Act and Michigan’s limitations on the enforceability of non-competition agreements are also briefly described. Issues such as absent or ambiguous terms, oral contracts, franchise relationships, taxes and antitrust laws are discussed as well. Prepared by: Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 27, 2016

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West Michigan District Export Council (DEC)

The West Michigan District Export Council (DEC) offers a wealth of information for businesses in Michigan wishing to export their products. The site includes events, news, and important links for businesses looking to export.

Last reviewed by globalEDGE on: September 27, 2016

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