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Affiliate Organizations

Business Leaders for Michigan partners with a number of organizations to implement specific initiatives where no existing organization had the capacity to perform the work.

Design Core Detroit


Design Core Detroit is designed to support the growth of Detroit’s creative economy through delivering business acceleration and attraction services and developing signature programming tailored specifically to creative professionals’ needs. The initiative, formerly called the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, was part of Detroit Renaissance’s “Road to Renaissance” initiative to grow metro Detroit’s creative economy. Detroit Renaissance was Business Leaders for Michigan’s predecessor organization.

Invest Detroit


Invest Detroit manages over $150M in funds and tax credits for growing commercial and industrial businesses, residential real estate development projects and special projects which address strategic needs of the city of Detroit. Detroit Renaissance (the predecessor organization for Business Leaders for Michigan) was the original founder of the Fund.



MICHauto is a key economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, dedicated to promoting, retaining and growing the automotive industry in Michigan. The program serves as the unified voice of Michigan’s automotive industry, providing a platform for various automotive stakeholders to collaborate on matters related to advocacy, awareness, business attraction, and talent attraction and retention. Business Leaders for Michigan supports MICHAuto and its efforts to keep Michigan the center of automotive innovation.

Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MCRN)


The Michigan Corporate Relations Network Faculty Expertise Portal is a way for businesses to connect to the faculty and resources available at Michigan’s universities. It is a business-friendly searchable database of core facilities and faculty by issue and relevant publications, grants, and patents across MCRN member research universities. It is designed to serve small and large businesses by raising awareness of and increasing access to available resources via greater connectivity with the university business engagement offices. Business Leaders for Michigan has a strategic partnership with the URC which coordinates with the research universities.

Renaissance Venture Capital Fund


The Renaissance Venture Capital Fund is a $100 million fund of funds that supports the growth of venture capital in Michigan while serving as a bridge between Michigan’s emerging innovation company community and its strong industrial and commercial base. Business Leaders for Michigan serves on the management advisory board of Renaissance Venture Capital Fund.

University Research Corridor (URC)


An alliance of the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University – all Business Leaders for Michigan members – the URC promotes, leverages and encourages collaboration among the universities and the state in order to accelerate statewide economic development. Business Leaders for Michigan has a strategic partnership with the URC.

Detroit Region Aerotropolis


The Detroit Region Aerotropolis is an exciting initiative embraced by Wayne and Washtenaw Counties, the local surrounding communities, Wayne County Airport Authority and private sector partners to transform the Detroit Metro and Willow Run airports into a world-class business center. Business Leaders for Michigan is a founding partner of this initiative.