Large and small companies look to keep business local
he power giant
Consumers Energy brought more than 100 different businesses together today to help put an emphasis on local industry.
he goal is to have
Michigan companies to do business within the state, which could lead to jobs and economic growth.
We are supporting each other
it is helping economic development in small communit
as well as our larger citie
s," Marilyn Kapp, Moran Iron Works Public Relations Director said.
Moran Ironworks in Onaway is an active member of Michigan's business-to-business network, which helps put small companies into the purchasing pipeline of the state's business giants.
ince they've joined the network
it has led them to millions of dollars in local contracts
eeping the dollars in
Michigan has helped us as a company hire more people," Kapp noted.
hat local mentality is something that is starting to grow on many of the state's larger industries
and now they are looking to the north for new opportunities.
The northern part of the state is full of great resources
but a lot of people just don't know what's up here
," Dan Malone, Consumers Energy Senior Vice President said.
ne of the largest supporting businesses that has made a commitment to this statewide initiative is
hey made a one billion dollar pledge to purchase
Michigan made goods and services over a five year span. So far, they have already met 70 percent of their commitment to smaller businesses around the state.