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The Imlay City Small Business Entrepreneurs and Economic Development Group, or SEED, is a team of volunteers that
represent a variety of businesses, local government officials, and organizations in Imlay City. SEED is dedicated to bringing entrepreneurs into Imlay City while strengthening the businesses already established in the region and assisting them in any way possible.
For a better understanding of the SEED Group and the benefits of locating in Imlay City, please watch our video by clicking here.


We encourage entrepreneurship, assist existing businesses, and create new jobs. Our goal is to foster the environment in our city that makes it a great place to live, play, and do business.  We host networking events, like the Entrepreneur Meet Up and Manufactures' Luncheon, that encourage entrepreneurs to share ideas and resources.  We promote Imlay City throughout the state of Michigan as a great place to live and do business.  We quickly answer questions regarding grants, ordinances, demographics, financing and other topics important to entrepreneurs. We work with organizations throughout the area, like the Downtown Development Authority, City of Imlay City, Chamber of Commerce, Lapeer Development Corporation and the Next Michigan Development Corporation, to assist businesses at any stage of their development.


When a business considers Imlay City we make sure we pull out all the stops.  We listen to business needs and do whatever we can to provide support.


  • identifying business opportunities
  • providing tools to gauge future business success
  • connecting you to future clients and business resources
  • creating business partnerships
  • addressing current business needs
  • finding the necessary resources, including available incentives and programs, to establish, maintain or grow your business
  • connecting you to local government officials and departments
  • utilizing tax incentives
  • streamlining project costs
  • providing long-term local support
  • understanding planning and zoning rules


  • Quarterfinalist for the Frontier Communication's "America's Best Communities" contest.  Winner of $50,000 grant.
  • Received the eCities "Best Practice Award" 2013
  • Has been recognized as a four and five star community by eCities 2012-13
  • Represented region 5 in the Michigan Municipal League's "Race for the Cup" 2013
  • Community Economic Assessment completed
  • Core team expanded
  • Programs created to offer training and networking opportunities, Entrepreneur Meet Up, Manufacture Luncheon, Quick Books Class
  • Created branding and marketing tools for Imlay City
  • Assisted companies like Vintech Industries and Vlasic with expansion projects
  • Assisted new businesses like StudioE Photography, in locating within Imlay City
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