Overall, the EDCMC, along with the City of Michigan City leaders, is here to initiate and implement policies, programs and procedures for economic and community evolution and vitality.

EDCMC’s existence is an example of the city’s commitment to advancing the economy and attracting new industry and business to the region. A main component of our mission is to unite the key combination of resources including government officials, utility engineers and business experts to incite investment and boost business growth. Our competitive incentive packages, cost of doing business and talent pool put Michigan City in a place to aggressively attract businesses.

Growing Here

The EDCMC team is the business community’s one-stop spot for all things business in the Michigan City area.

The mission to strengthen and expand businesses drives the EDCMC to pull together resources and partners every day. The team acts as a liaison between business and government to build a solid entrepreneurial community.

The Business Retention and Expansion program serves as a way to see or hear directly what existing businesses need and what assistance would help push them further forward. The team meets business leaders right at their place and also conducts surveys to truly capture current needs and issues. Information is a powerful propellant for change.

The BR&E program focuses on: local, regional and national incentive programs; identifying and marketing to supplier networks; workforce development; educational opportunities; small business assistance; and updates on infrastructure, business environment and quality of life.

To schedule a Business Retention & Expansion visit, contact us: 219-873-1211.

Planting Roots Here

Assembling a team of experts is important to bringing in new business and industry. The EDCMC continues to partner with site selectors, Realtors, state agencies and local businesses and organizations to inspire a united effort to shine a light on what the state and region have to offer new businesses.

Accolades include: Indiana ranks 1st in the Midwest and 5th nationally in business rankings (Chief Executive Best & Worst States 2020), No. 1 in infrastructure (CNBC 2019) and No. 1 in Midwest for Entrepreneur Friendliness (SBE Council 2019). Find out more on how Indiana is a state that works.

To schedule a Business Retention & Expansion visit with our staff, please contact us below.

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Building Here

All facets of business development are part of the EDCMC’s assistance and expertise. The team maintains information on buildings and available acreage, identifies private and public key resources and completes comparative analysis reports that pinpoint economic considerations, such as utilities, taxes and land costs.

A breakdown of EDCMC services and programs:

ARPA Small Business Grant
Site Selection Assistance
State and Local Regulatory Guidance
Community Research and Development
Quality of Life Focus
Customized Incentive Packages
Revolving Loan Fund Assistance
Enterprise Zone Business Investment Deductions
Tax Abatement Incentives
Tax Increment Financing
Approval Process Technical Assistance
Workforce Development and Evaluation, Training and Assistance
Business Issue Assistance
Business Retention Program
Business-to-Business Networking
Annual Job Fair
Allies for Community Business Loan Program

Launching Here

Emerging entrepreneurs are at home here in Michigan City. The innovative energy that is sparked by small businesses creates jobs and enlivens our community spirit. The EDCMC strives to help ideas emerge by working with entrepreneurial-focused programs.

Indiana Small Business
Development Center

The Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC) offers no-cost assistance for new or existing businesses through a network across the state of Indiana. Business advisers provide one-on-one consulting, resource referrals and guidance on essential business tools, such as a business plan or marketing strategy.

Northwest Indiana

SCORE is a nonprofit dedicated to educating entrepreneurs through the various stages of business development. The resource is comprised of volunteers who are business owners or leaders and can relate real-life experience. The mentors are available for guidance for both new and existing entrpreneurs. SCORE also hosts workshops.

Michigan City Chamber of Commerce

Michigan City
Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber’s vision is cemented in a push for progressiveness. Businesses unite under the chamber along with local leaders to continue to be a catalyst for community and economic development. The Chamber serves as source of advocacy, education and collaborations for all of its members.


Elevate Ventures continues to focus on access to capital, coaching, mentoring and additional services to help build a strong Hoosier entrepreneurial community. Innovation and entrepreneurism are at the core of its mission. Through pitch competitions and Kinetic conferences, Elevate seeks to spur entrepreneurial synergy.

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