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October 13 Deck Commerce Announces $7.8MM in Series A Funding from Plymouth Growth

St. Louis, Oct. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Deck Commerce, the St. Louis-based software company announced today that it closed $7.8MM in Series A funding led by Plymouth Growth, a growth equity firm based in Ann Arbor, MI. This new partnership will allow Deck Commerce to enhance its product offering to feature even more robust direct-to-consumer capabilities for leading brands. The company intends to use the funds to expand its strategic alliances, amplify sales and marketing […]


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September 23 Governor Whitmer’s MI New Economy Plan Invests in Small Businesses / Goal: Top ten state for growth in venture capital funding over the next five years (2022-2026)

At the Mackinac Policy Conference this week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer detailed her economic agenda, including unveiling the three pillars of her $2.1 billion MI New Economy plan to support Michigan’s small businesses, grow the middle class, and invest in communities. This plan utilizes the historic influx of federal resources to make critical, long-term investments in […]


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September 08 ATTENTION: Investors: Gateway Grand Rapids & Red Cedar Ventures Pitch Event

This is an invitation to the first session of a two pitch event held by Gateway Grand Rapids and Red Cedar Ventures. The pitches are 10 minutes each- 7 minute pitch/3 minute Q&A. Each company has participated in two SBDC pitch review sessions. The pitches are intended to give you quick overview of each company. […]


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April 17 State Awards Pre-Seed Fund III to Michigan State University Foundation

Michigan State University Foundation has been approved to be the administrator of Pre-Seed Fund III granted by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). MSU Foundation will administer $3 million in Pre-Seed III funds to better support entrepreneurs and technology startups across Michigan. Approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund on April 14th, the MSU Foundation and […]


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March 19 New MEDC Resources for Small Businesses

The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) Board approved $20 million in aid aimed at helping businesses affected by the closures ordered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in a special virtual meeting today. Of the $20 million, $10 million is in loans and $10 million is in grants to help businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, […]


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March 18 Michigan Department of Treasury: Small Business Taxpayers Provided Tax Assistance

Small businesses that have experienced disrupted operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic now have additional time to make their sales, use and withholding tax monthly payment, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. Effective immediately, small businesses scheduled to make their monthly sales, use and withholding tax payments on March 20 can postpone filing and […]


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March 18 Midwest Growth Capital Symposium and InvestMidwest Partner to Present 2020 Midwest Venture Showcase – Online

Midwest Growth Capital Symposium and InvestMidwest Partner to Present 2020 Midwest Venture Showcase – Online In light of the continuing impact of the coronavirus, the Midwest Growth Capital Symposium has partnered with InvestMidwest to present a joint online company showcase titled the 2020 Midwest Venture Showcase! This online format will still showcase Midwest companies seeking […]


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January 15 Michigan Venture Capital Association Appoints Michael Gross as Chairman of its Board of Directors

[Novi, MI] – As the voice of the Michigan entrepreneurial and investment community, Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA), has appointed Michael Gross, managing director at Beringea, as chairman of the organization’s board of directors. Gross will assume the position previously held by Tom Shehab of Arboretum Ventures whose term expired in 2019. In his role at Beringea, Gross […]


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January 13 Michigan Students and Startups Stoke Investors’ Interest At Annual Venture Capital Pitch Competition

Students from three universities teamed up with Michigan-based startups to stoke venture capitalists’ interest in taking stakes in new ventures with promising technological and life-science innovations during the 2019 Financing Technology Commercialization Pitch Competition. The event took place at Michigan Ross on Dec. 11. A record 100 students, divided into 20 teams, presented high-level investment […]


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May 02 10 Michigan Startups that are Hiring Now

Ryan Landau of re:purpose has made it his mission to empower people to find the jobs they love based on a company’s culture and values. He circled back with us recently to provide an update on startups that are hiring in Ann Arbor, Detroit, and Royal Oak as a follow up to his blog post last […]


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