Business Assistance*note: each link opens a new window*
The Business Engagement Center (BEC)
The Business Engagement Center's mission is the pathway connecting dynamic organizations with remarkable talent and resources. We inspire successful collaboration and act as a catalyst to create meaningful, invaluable partnerships. Through the Center, you can access the University's vast resources including research discoveries, new technology, student and alumni talent, continuing education programs, and strategic giving opportunities. We connect the world's brightest minds with the world's greatest companies, sparking innovation and change through collaboration.
The Career Center works with area organizations and businesses that are in need of new employees and/or interns and provides employment and intern opportunities for students. The Center conducts numerous job fairs each year that connects students with employers.
Center for Business Acceleration and Incubation Studies
The Center for Business Acceleration and Incubation Studies is committed to economic development and diversification through the establishment and promotion of business incubators. Business incubators are facilities that provide support and guidance to local small businesses and entrepreneurs. These incubators help new businesses grow and mature into successful ventures.
Center for the Education of Women
The Center for the Education of Women is designed to serve the needs of women students as well as women returning to school or work. With its mission of service, research, and advocacy, is nationally recognized as a catalyst for change and a welcoming place for individuals. The Center also provides counseling and educational programs to men and women regarding academic, career, and life issues and offers a library with resources regarding careers, job hunting, resume writing, and interviewing.
Center for Ergonomics
The mission of the Center for Ergonomics is to make workplaces and organizations safe, efficient, productive and enjoyable. The center provides introductory ergonomics training, seminars, and job analysis that focus on reducing occupational musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses. They also conduct projects in the manufacturing or product design facilities of government or corporate sponsors. The Center is equipped to measure all facets of human perceptual, information-processing, and motor performance. Services are state-funded and offered at no cost to businesses.
Center for Labor and Community Studies
The Center for Labor and Community Studies, at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, incorporates the Labor Studies Center, formerly housed at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, provides additional programs, research, seminars, and other activities for the labor community. The staff is dedicated to adult education that empowers workers to keep pace with the changing global economy. Through engaged research activities, the Center creates new opportunities for scholarship and community impact in southeast Michigan.
Center for Labor Market Research
The Center for Labor Market Research has two main focus areas: economic forecasting and economic policy analysis. The Center publishes a book, which has earned academic acclaim and has proven to be a valuable tool for state and local government planners. The strength of the methodology combined with continued refinements over time has resulted in a long, distinguished record for accuracy in forecasting labor market activity for a number of localities, especially with regard to their future prospects for employment and income.
Center for Occupational Health & Safety Engineering: Continuing Education
The Center for Occupational Health & Safety Engineering (COHSE) offers continuing education for practitioners in industry health, safety, occupational health nursing, and occupational medicine. Programs are available on and off campus through the Center, operated by the University of Michigan College of Engineering.
The Challenge Program is an activity-based teambuilding and leadership development program, which uses an interactive and experiential approach to improve group dynamics. Since 1990, the Challenge Program has provided hundreds of organizations with dramatic and dynamic learning opportunities. They use activities as the medium for helping a wide variety of groups and organizations explore issues such as team dynamics, communication, goal setting, trust, and commitment.
Community Consulting Club Non-Profit Help
Community Consulting Club is one of the Ross School of Business's most unique and popular student clubs. The CCC is a student organization that provides management consulting for local non-profit organizations while giving students a chance to develop business skills through hands-on projects.
Corporate Relations at Michigan Engineering can connect companies to outstanding students, world-class faculty, and cutting-edge research. Because of this, companies of all kinds forge relationships with the University of Michigan. If a company needs to hire one engineer or 1,000, or need a new technical solution to enhance competitiveness, the Corporate Relations’ staff will help navigate the complex campus and pinpoint the resources that can be put to work for you. They actively seek—and welcome—new connections to companies large and small and work continuously to find fresh perspectives and solutions to address the challenges of their industry partners.
Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program
The Defense Manufacturing Assistance Program is designed to provide technical assistance that includes both a strategic and an implementation plan. Their goal is to help maintain an individual firm’s manufacturing capability and capacity through customized planning and co-funded core-strengthening and diversification projects leading to survival, stabilization, and potential growth.
The Executive Education Program, at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, provides cutting-edge research, practical applications, and competitive insights to executives and organizations. University of Michigan professionals design and deliver a portfolio of more than 50 programs that give executives the tools they need to address the business issues that confront them.
Phone: (734) 763-1000
Web: michiganross.umich.edu/programs/executive education
First Customer Program (FCP)
The First Customer Program assists companies with identifying first customers, gaining introductions and closing deals. The Program is focused on start-up tech companies that need both preparation for and introduction to first customers. While focusing on start-ups, they also assist established companies that are facing start-up challenges, as they diversify into new markets.
Foreign Language Tutor/Translator Services
Professional Translation and Interpretation Services, formerly the Foreign Language Tutor and Translators program in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures help businesses in need of tutoring and/or translating in foreign languages. They maintain a list of people offering their language services for a fee in French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese
Phone: (734) 647-0759
Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center
The Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration, provides small to mid-sized manufacturing firms -- that are import impeded and reside in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio -- with technical and management assistance. The Center helps firms to become competitive in domestic and international markets and provides up to $75,000 in matching funds.
Health Management Research Center
The Health Management Research Center’s service is to get a handle on health care costs. The Center studies the link between employee health behaviors, productivity, absenteeism, job turnover, and health care costs. Using years of data and applied research, we have developed validated measurement tools and services that help employers improve their program strategy and optimize their investment in wellness. In addition, the Center helps organizations develop wellness programs at their work site.
Phone: (734) 647-2712
Impact Corps Internship Program
Formerly the Domestic Corps, the Impact Corps is a summer internship program with the Center for Social Impact. Through the 10-week internship, University of Michigan Business School MBA and BBA students, conduct high-level internships with nonprofit organizations across the United States. Typical projects include strategic planning, marketing, finance, new business development, or organizational development.
Phone: (734) 763-4214
Integrated Systems + Design - Professional Programs
The Integrated Systems + Design - Professional Programs, at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, offers professional development programs taught by subject matter experts from the U-M faculty, its affiliates, and industry partners. The programs run from one to ten days and can include exclusive hands-on simulations, group exercises; and they are customizable and can be held at a company location.
Phone: (734) 647-7200
Labor and Global Change Program
The Labor and Global Change Program addresses the effects of economic “globalization” on workers, unions, and societies. It explores how public policy, business programs, and worker organizations can increase human benefits and reduce social costs of national and global economic restructuring. The program has been engaged in cross-campus conferences and support for research and educational initiatives related to international labor rights.
Lean Manufacturing shortens the time between the customer order and the product build/shipment by eliminating sources of waste. It is a system that continually searches for and eliminates waste throughout the total enterprise and value chain. Every enterprise activity is viewed as an operation and waste reduction concepts are applied to each activity to achieve significantly improved enterprise performance. Elimination of waste results in shorter lead times, reduced costs, lower inventory, higher throughput and greater return on assets.
Phone: (734) 647-7200
National Excess Manufacturing Catalog (NEXCAP)
The National Excess Manufacturing Catalog is funded from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. NEXCAP works with inventory and closed manufacturing facilities and communities to develop a web-based interactive portal that enables global manufacturing firms to enter their needs for manufacturing facilities and link to information about sites and communities that most closely match.
Surplus computers, equipment, office furniture, telephone accessories, copiers and other items are available for sale through the Property Disposition Office. The warehouse is open to the public throughout the week.
Technology and Commercialization Assistance Program (TCA)
The TCA Program introduced by the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy (IRLEE) at the University of Michigan for the proactive transfer of technologies to existing businesses. TCA identifies the capabilities and initiatives of existing companies and matches them with university technologies resident in Michigan universities. Then they identify supporting resources the company will need to successfully transfer technologies into commercial application and provides assistance to engage and effectively utilize those resources.
U-M Tech Transfer
Tech Transfer at the University of Michigan engages in the proactive facilitation of start-up companies based on University of Michigan technologies. This includes assistance in business planning, and the recruitment of management and venture financing. The office maintains a list of all technologies developed at the University that are available for licensing.