Business and Economic Development
As one of Michigan’s elite SmartZone sites, Mt. Pleasant can offer support and resources to existing and start-up businesses not available in many other locations. The area has become a hub for entrepreneurs and larger corporations alike. We welcome you to join our growing family of diverse companies.
Mt. Pleasant champions a unique culture dedicated to growing great ideas into profitable ventures in a safe, vibrant community with a wealth of educated potential employees. We invite you to check us out and talk to those who know us best.
The Middle Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC) provides confidential assistance to both existing and new industry and bolsters a sound pro-business climate in both Isabella and Clare Counties. MMDC recruits, serves, and assists in the growth of industrial and technology based companies in the Middle Michigan region. With its broad-based, 64-member Board of Directors, six primary clients, and 30 corporate sponsors, MMDC continues to provide the community-based support new and expanding industry requires and expects.
Central Michigan University Research Corporation
Through the CMU Research Corporation (CMURC) accelerates new business by offered the power and support to develop new businesses' ideas and bring them to market, quickly. Their incubator hosts wet-labs, offices and business support facilities in immediate proximity to all the world-class resources of CMU. Clients are given the resources they need to put together a business plan, secure intellectual rights, test and commercialize their ideas.
The Center for Applied Research and Technology
The Center for Applied Research and Technology at Central Michigan University is a 350-acre park focused on attracting and stimulating high-tech businesses that require a synergistic relationship with a research intensive university like CMU. The CART, designated by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) as one of only 11 "SmartZones " across the state, is focused on revitalizing research activities and retaining talent and wealth in mid-Michigan.
Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce
The Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber of Commerce (MPACC) reinforces the community’s diversified business climate by connecting members, clients, and customers through its network of programming, training, and resources. MPACC is dedicated to fostering a progressive and viable community and coordinates a myriad of events designed to strengthen and retain the area’s economic success.
With its stable growth, the Mt. Pleasant /Isabella County area maintains one of the state’s lowest unemployment rates leading to a significant increase among retail and commercial businesses. The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort complex, Central Michigan University with its new College of Medicine and the region’s industrial base continue to expand opening the way for new, innovative supplier, and service potential.
The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, the Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel, 13 area golf courses and Central Michigan University bring thousands of visitors to the area each day. A vibrant downtown with one-of-kind shopping and exquisite restaurants provides visitors with yet an entirely different experience.
Mt. Pleasant , with a "hometown" look and feel, is mid-Michigan’s most livable community for aspiring entrepreneurs, major corporations, and the arts. Check out our local resources and make Mt. Pleasant your business home.