Serving Bay, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, & Saginaw Counties

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Going Pro Talent Funds Bridge Skills Gaps for New AND Existing Employees

Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! was recently awarded nearly $1.8 million to fund training for 52 employers in the region. The money comes from the Going Pro Talent Fund (formerly known as the "Skilled Trades Training Fund"), a state-funded program championed by Senator Ken Horn designed to help employers develop the talent they need to compete and grow. The scope of training allowed is broad as … [Read more...]

Chris Rishko

Letter from Chris Rishko, CEO

It’s been a great week for Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! and area employers! Two significant state grant programs will bring millions of dollars to the area to help train and develop the current and future workforce our region needs to be competitive. Just yesterday, we learned Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! has been awarded $1.8 million in Going Pro Talent Fund grants for 52 employers in … [Read more...]

Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing

STTF Funds Empower Avalon & Tahoe to Grow Boat Business

Nestled right in Isabella County’s backyard in Alma sits Avalon & Tahoe Manufacturing, producers of “the finest USA-manufactured pontoon boats.” A vertically integrated builder, it makes everything on its boats – from the pontoons and framing to the furniture. Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! has successfully assisted Avalon & Tahoe for several years with the process of competing for … [Read more...]

More About STTF Funds

Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! was awarded nearly $2.2 million to fund training for 49 employers in the region in 2018 through the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF). Seven employers in Gratiot and Isabella counties were awarded STTF grants totally $217,516: The Cobbler Shop Shoes and Pedorthic Center Dayco Products LLC General Agency Company Michigan Agricultural Commodities Powell … [Read more...]

Collaboration Pays Off!

Bill’s Custom Fab, Inc. of Mt. Pleasant submitted an STTF grant application last fall but was denied due to the competitive nature of the grant process. Undeterred, the company continued to work with Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! and submitted another form of grant application to secure funding for much-needed training – an Industry Led Collaborative (ILC) – teaming up with Ithaca-based Burford … [Read more...]