Special Initiatives

Partnering to support Manufacturers in Opportunity and HUB Zones.

Strengthening Small Manufacturers
Regional Program to support manufacturers in HUB and Opportunity Zones

The Manufacturing Growth Alliance (MGA) will help small manufacturers in HUB and Opportunity Zones in Wayne, Oakland, and Monroe counties navigate through the pandemic and will support them as they plan for future success. 


The program takes a three-pronged approach helping manufacturers recover from the pandemic through the following:

  • Relevant business services;

  • Support to help manage workforce needs; and

  • Prepare manufacturers for expansion opportunities.

The services that will be provided under the “Strengthening Small Manufacturers” initiative are as follows:

  • Industry specific services designed to keep small manufacturers in business that encompasses a post-COVID 19 Manufacturers Guide. The guide includes a preparedness and response guide and a variety of MGA services.

  • Workforce management services which will include a series of virtual seminars, strategies to attract and retain talent, and employee communications initiatives for traditional and digital channels.

  • A series of workshops on how to create new or revised business expansion plans and how to prepare for future growth.


MGA will also host quarterly peer to peer roundtables with manufacturers that feature experienced small business growth experts.


Please contact Dan Peat, Senior Director, if you would like to hear more about the initiative. Dan@MGAlliance.org or 269.377.4654.


This program is available at no-cost to manufacturers in Opportunity Zones and HUB Zones through the support of DTE Energy Foundation.

The Manufacturing Growth Alliance champions, serves, and advocates for Michigan's small manufacturers, as we drive solutions that make manufacturing in Michigan the most competitive and prosperous in the nation.

MGA is committed to supporting small manufacturers in all of Michigan's 83 counties. There are many communities across that state that have underutilized business zones or lack business growth. The “Strengthening Small Manufacturers” program ensures manufacturers in HUB and Opportunity Zones have access to needed resources.

Michigan has 752 HUB Zones, which are historically underutilized business areas and 288 Opportunity Zones, which are in low income communities and sometimes lack capital and other resources. About 52 percent of HUB Zones reside in Wayne, Oakland, or Monroe counties, with the three counties representing about 44 percent of Opportunity Zones.

Contact Us

330 West Main Street

Benton Harbor, MI. 49022

118 W. Ottawa Street

Lansing, MI 48933

MGA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are interested in becoming a member or would like more information, contact us here:

© 2020 Manufacturing Growth Alliance