The Alliance is looking forward to celebrating you, our investors, at our inaugural Black-tie event, The Alliance Gala, September 21st at the Monroe Golf & Country Club. Join us for an evening of celebration with dinner, cocktails and dancing but most importantly an awards presentation, which is where we need your help!


We need you to nominate a business(es)that you feel is worthy of being recognized, whether it be for customer service, giving back to the community or how they treat their employees. Share your experience by using the button below noting as much detail as possible. Feel free to share the form with family, friends and/or colleagues.


Application Deadline Approaching!

The Leadership Monroe class of 2024 is filling up fast!

If you have a passion for personal growth, community engagement and leadership development this program is for you.

Use the button below and submit your application today!


Cornerstone Connections Group - Have you thought about joining a business networking organization to increase your leads and sales? These groups can be very effective but can come at a high cost and large time requirements. This group meets just twice a month and is part of your Business Alliance investment.


Just announced!  A new group is now meeting in South County, at the Whitman Center in Temperance. Contact the MCBA for more information.



Did you know that you can post your internal job openings through your Info Hub and your posting will be listed in the newsletter until the

position is filled!

Call the MCBA office for more information.

August Brews & News


Wednesday, August 16

5:00pm - 7:00pm


Join us for this Monroe County Business Community Networking event.

September Brews & News


Tuesday, September 12

5:00pm - 7:00pm


Join us for this Monroe County Business Community Networking event.



Steak Out

The Steak Out event was epic! If you did not make it out this year, you missed out! The weather, the venue, the steaks, the networking, the picture booth, oh and the auction! What a great event!! This would not have been possible without our sponsors. A huge shout out to La-Z-Boy, Signature Bank, Mannik & Smith Group, Howards Meats, Rudolph Libbe Group, River Raisin Technologies, Cakes by Stepanie, Deb's Floral Design, Merkle Funeral Service & Floral Expressions and James S, Jacobs Architects.


 Koffee Klub

Michigan Department of Corrections
Walk a Mile - Mentoring for Success

The MDOC Walk a Mile returning citizen mentoring program has launched in Monroe County and will eventually expand state-wide. The goal of the program is to help returning citizens navigate back to society, stay on the right track, and achieve success. Participation in the mentoring program is 100% voluntary for both MDOC client Mentees and for Mentors. Mentors will consist of both peers (those with shared experience of incarceration and reentry) and non-peers from all walks of life. Mentor training is administered via online modules, is self-paced, and includes topics such as boundary setting, avoiding manipulation, Motivational Interviewing, trauma-informed care, communication skills, etc. We have procured award winning mentoring software (MentorcliQ) that will build a profile for both Mentors and Mentees with customized criteria. It also contains an algorithm that will recommend Mentor/Mentee matches based upon the individual profiles and a short personality assessment. Mentors will have the opportunity to provide exclusion criteria (e.g., they may opt to not be matched with a Mentee who is a sex offender, who has a history of SUD, etc.). Successful mentoring relationships are predicated upon two key factors – trust and confidentiality. To that end, what is discussed between Mentors and Mentees (clients) will be considered largely confidential. The main objectives of the mentoring program are to reduce recidivism, abscond rates, technical violations, and drug/alcohol use and/or relapse. Secondary goals include increasing Mentees’ overall optimism, outlook on life, and confidence in completing their parole program. We are partnering with MSU, who will conduct an independent program evaluation. There is overwhelming evidence proving the benefits of mentoring in education, for professional development, for youths, and for juvenile offenders. We anticipate similar benefits for our returning citizen clients, and we hope to inspire other states to follow our lead.

For more information on the Walk a Mile Mentoring program contact:

Tony Mills

Mentor Coordinator

Michigan Department of Corrections

C: (517) 230-2670



Thank you to the Koffee Klub Sponsors: 


In the News


Work continues in earnest on developing economic development strategies for Link Plan 2.0. In July, OHM Consultants led a robust discussion on Housing, which is one of the key focus areas of Link Plan 2.0.  The discussion centered on opportunities to align PDAs (Priority Development Areas) with Quality-of-Life Amenities (residential housing & non-motorized transportation, as an example). The Prepare for Investment Pillar Team, in Link Plan 1.0, focused only on commercial/industrial development. The new approach will result in more comprehensive and inclusive strategies for economic development within the County.


The Pillar Teams did not meet in July but will meet virtually during August to review the draft of the Mission & Vision Statements and the Action Items that were developed during the Stakeholder and All Pillar Team Meeting that was held in June.


It’s not too late! If you are interested in participating on a Pillar Team, you may contact me at or at 419-654-1934.


The Four Pillar Teams are:

Prepare for Investment - Commercial, Industrial, Residential    Development

Talent Development - Career Technical Education,

Post-secondary, Adult-learners

Launch 734 - Entrepreneurship, Business Development

Michigan’s Cornerstone - Quality-of-Life, Residential Housing,

and Image & Brand


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