Business Development Services
The Albion Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) is the Greater Albion Area’s leading economic development organization, offering confidential, comprehensive business services to our clients. We work to invigorate the local economy by growing and attracting businesses, building workforce capabilities to alleviate conditions of unemployment and revitalizing Albion’s core business centers. We strive to meet the needs of our prospective and existing companies by connecting them to the resources they need to grow and thrive.
- Partner Opportunities: Using local suppliers can save your company time and money. Share your needs with us and we will find a supplier to fit them.
- Site Location Services: Let our team work with you to find a site that meets your needs. Whether you are growing, consolidating or looking for a new site we will partner with commercial real estate brokers to find just what you are looking for and we will do it confidentially.
- State & Local Incentives: Business incentives are available to new, expanding and relocating companies. The AEDC Team is experienced and knowledgeable and will connect you with the incentive programs that fit your project. We will work with you to ensure your project receives a comprehensive proposal that includes local and state resources to support your growing company.
- Business Retention & Growth: Business retention efforts are a vital aspect of developing a successful, growing community. Approximately 80-90% of community job growth occurs through the expansion of existing businesses. Effective retention efforts lead us to assist with physical plant expansion and increased levels of employment. A healthy business leads to an improved sense of community morale and well-being.
Albion is home to a Federal Opportunity Zone. Opportunity Zones are intended to spur private investment, economic growth, and job creation in distressed areas, through tax incentives tied to the longevity of the investments. Contact the AEDC for more information.
Business Support Partners
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – Western Michigan University
The Small Business Development Center provides no-cost counseling, low or no-cost training and market research assistance for entrepreneurial startups, existing or expanding businesses, and innovative technology ventures in the Greater Albion Area. The SBDC also offers online webinars – mostly FREE! – for experienced, new, or want-to-be entrepreneurs.
Michigan WORKS! Southwest
Michigan WORKS! Southwest connects employers with job seekers, training partners, educators, and other resources to help their businesses train and educate new or current employees.
Southwest Michigan Procurement Assistance Center (PTAC)
The Southwest Michigan Procurement Assistance Center is a non-profit organization whose services are free of charge. The PTAC assists businesses in successfully identifying, obtaining and performing on contracts with federal, state and local government agencies.
The Center (Michigan Manufacturing & Technology Center)
The Center provides personalized consulting and training services to Michigan manufacturers to increase their profitability and accelerate business growth. Leadership development, process innovation, operational excellence, and managing your digital presence, are just a few of the services they offer. The Center also offers many no and low cost informational webinars about trending topics in business and workforce development.
Greater Albion Area Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Albion Area Chamber of Commerce is the local voice of and for business. It exists to develop and express business opinion and to promote the best interests of the community along civic, commercial, industrial and professional lines. It facilitates the growth of existing business and fosters new ones.