The Business Retention and Expansion Program (BR&E) is designed to gather information to help support business expansion, job retention, job creation and increased investment in the community. The EDCMC partners with the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce to visit with local businesses and provide follow-up information and resources based on the company’s needs.
The importance of the BR&E program:
- A majority of jobs are created by existing business (80%)
- Local company interaction can lead to an increase in local sales
- Keeping an existing business is easier than recruiting new business
- Businesses that are more competitive are more likely to remain in the community and possibly expand due to the trusted relationship