As we emerge from the pandemic together, our future looks bright. Over the coming months, we expect strong economic growth, bolstered by a $3.5 billion budget surplus and billions more in federal aid. Together, we can uplift families and small businesses, which are the lifeblood of our communities. I invite you to join me and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II on Wednesday, June 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EDT) we will bring together small businesses, state and local policymakers, regional economic development leaders, banks and credit unions, business owners and community organizations for a one-day, virtual summit focused on helping small business thrive here in Michigan.
The summit will include updates from key economic experts, including Gene Sperling, a Senior Advisor to President Biden and the White House American Rescue Plan coordinator. We will also engage in strategic conversations around how we can provide meaningful support to ensure our small businesses are successful and that local entrepreneurs are supported as our recovery picks up steam.
The insights and outcomes of this summit will ensure Michigan has the most effective policies and programs in place to deploy the critical federal resources we have available to us – from $176 million in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funding to nearly $6.5 billion in flexible funding through the American Rescue Plan. With these resources, we can make lasting, transformative investments in our small businesses, create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs, and get back to a new normal as a stronger, more resilient state. Your voice is critical in this process and we look forward to hearing from you.
And our conversation won’t end on June 23 – we want to take the momentum coming out of this summit on the road this summer to make sure we build an inclusive process and craft impactful programs.
I hope we will see you on June 23!
Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Opening Address: Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Panel Discussion: Moderated by State Treasurer Rachel Eubanks: Michigan’s Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Business
Panel Discussion: Small Business Needs in the Coming Year.
Panel Discussion: Federal Support for Small Businesses: What is New, and What to Expect.
Panel Discussion: Lending for Small Business, and How Do We Make it Better?
Panel Discussion: Unique Regional Strengths and Opportunities for Small Business Success.
Closing Address: Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist, II
Small Business Summit - State of Mich...
Date and Time
Wednesday Jun 23, 2021 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM EDT
Registration required by June 21, 2021.
To register, please click here.