Consumers Energy Supports Local Small Businesses
October 2017

​Consumers Energy announced in October that it will spend $250 million over the next two and a half years to support Michigan’s small businesses.

The commitment is part of the company’s involvement with the Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) initiative, which is a free service that brings small businesses together with local, national, and global companies for supply chain sourcing opportunities. In 2015, Consumers Energy pledged to spend $1 billion per year with Michigan small businesses for five years. The company exceeded its goal by spending nearly $3 billion with the businesses since June 2015.

“Small businesses are the engine that fuels our economy,” said Dan Malone, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president of engineering. “By purchasing their goods and services we can meet our procurement needs while supporting the growth of Michigan small businesses, that’s a win for us and the state.”

One small business that has benefitted from its involvement with PMBC is Shelving Inc., a family-owned small business based in Auburn Hills. Consumers Energy has spent nearly $700,000 with the business to help with indoor storage of materials and wire reels.

“We needed a bigger building to keep up with our rising demand. Without Consumers Energy’s business with our company, this wouldn’t be possible,” said Jim Aiello, who owns Shelving Inc. with brothers-in-law John, Mike, and Joe Schodowski. “Consumers Energy has been tremendous to work with. They have been a vital resource for us during the last couple of years. We appreciate their business and look forward to working with them in the near future.”

Consumers Energy was one of the founding members of PMBC. The public-private alliance of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., state agencies, and major Michigan employers works to connect in-state companies to business resources.

Consumers Energy also actively encourages its Michigan-based suppliers to use sub-contractors and suppliers based in the state through its “Pay It Forward” program to stimulate more economic growth.

This is just one of the many ways electric companies help to make a difference in communities and help  to make the economy stronger.

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