Woodward, Inc. Expands

An independent designer, manufacturer, and service provider of control system solutions and components for the aerospace and industrial markets is expanding into a newly-bought facility in Zeeland. READ MORE.
Lakeshore Advantage connects expanding companies with state and local resources to support their growth. If your company is looking to expand, contact us at info@lakeshoreadvantage.com
Access to Broadband is one of four key opportunity areas we need to address to secure a vibrant economic future. Lakeshore Advantage is convening stakeholders via this community conversation and creating understanding on what the issue is in our region and what is being done to address it locally.
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Let's talk about tax breaks and the road to recovery

Jennifer Owens and Keith Van Beek clear up some common misconceptions on tax abatements featured in the Holland Sentinel HERE
Jennifer Owens also wrote a guest column featured in the Holland Sentinel and shared how we plan for economic success on the road to recovery HERE
MEDC’s Pure Michigan Business Connect is partnering with Lakeshore Advantage
and The Right Place to host a virtual Michigan Furniture Industry Symposium, strengthening Michigan’s position as a leader in the commercial furniture manufacturing industry. 
This no-cost event will include an educational session on industry
trends, followed by one-on-one buyer-supplier meetings to discuss procurement opportunities.
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Recent Bright Spots and News of Note

Celebrating what makes West Michigan a great place to live, work, learn, grow and start a business. 

Business Tools, Resources, and Upcoming Events

  • Michigan STEM Forward is a newly launched statewide internship program that matches students with innovative companies to provide paid STEM-focused internship opportunities. This program is designed to assist companies that could not otherwise afford to provide a paid internship opportunity. Interested employers should contact Lakeshore Advantage to see if they qualify. Michigan STEM Forward is made possible by MEDC and administered by the Ann Arbor SPARK. Read the full article
  • Through MI-STEP, Michigan small businesses could be eligible for financial assistance to help support export activities
  • The White House announced a tax credit for small businesses that provide PTO for vaccinations.
  • The Building Michigan Communities Conference is virtual this year and the theme is Resilience and Equity, on May 4-5
  • The Small Business Association is partnering with Consumers Credit Union and Progressive AE on a three-part webinar series on the Future of Work on May 6, May 13, and May 20
  • The Michigan Department of Defense's High-Rate Aerostructures Fabrication Working Group is having a discussion of their exciting developments in tooling, material, and process innovations on May 18

Thank You, Allegan Township, for Your Increased Investment in Lakeshore Advantage. 

Lakeshore Advantage investor support positively impacts the region's economic health.  Contact Beth Blanton at beth.blanton@lakeshoreadvantage.com to learn more. 
This news and events update was sent to you as a service of Lakeshore Advantage. We send communications on a regular basis to keep you up-to-date on information that may be helpful to you as a West Michigan primary employer. Please direct questions, comments and future submissions to Kelsey Sivertson at kelsey.sivertson@lakeshoreadvantage.com.

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