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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.

Center for Automotive Research (CAR)


The Center for Automotive Research is involved in the research of significant issues that relate to the future direction of the global automotive industry. Business Leaders for Michigan partners with CAR to support initiatives which will help Michigan become the Global Center for Mobility.

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.

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 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.



MichBio is the state’s biosciences industry association, and advocates on behalf of Michigan’s more than 600 bioscience companies. Business Leaders for Michigan partners with MichBio on initiatives which will grow Michigan’s Life Sciences Economy.

Michigan Association of State Universities (MASU)


Based in Lansing, MASU is a nonprofit higher education association serving Michigan’s 15 state universities. Business Leaders for Michigan partners with MASU to help grow our state’s Higher Education Marketplace.

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.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)


Founded in 1999, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation is a public-private partnership serving as the state’s marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent, tourism, film and digital incentives, arts and cultural grants, and overall economic growth. Business Leaders for Michigan supports the efforts of the MEDC to attract and accelerate business growth in our state.

Michigan Farm Bureau


Michigan Farm Bureau is the state’s largest general farm organization, whose purpose is to represent, protect, and enhance the business, economic, social and educational interests of its members. Business Leaders for Michigan supports Michigan Farm Bureau and its efforts to leverage the state’s numerous natural resources assets to boost Michigan’s economy.

Michigan United Conservation Clubs


Michigan United Conservation Clubs is the nation’s largest state-specific conservation organization. MUCC’s mission is to protect members’ rights to hunt, fish and trap and to ensure that sound science-based conservation principles are in place. Business Leaders for Michigan supports MUCC and its efforts to expand Michigan’s Natural Resources Economy.

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 is the General Partner of the Fund.



Formerly known as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, SME is a nonprofit organization that has served companies, educators, governments and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through events, media, membership, training, development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME shares knowledge to advance manufacturing. Business Leaders for Michigan supports SME and its efforts to make Michigan a Global Engineering Village.

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.



VantagePort, formerly Detroit Region Aerotropolis, is an exciting initiative embraced by Wayne and Washtenaw Counties, the local surrounding communities, Wayne County Airport Authority and leading business executives in Michigan to transform the Detroit Metro and Willow Run airports into a world-class business center. Business Leaders for Michigan is a founding sponsor of this initiative.