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How we help businesses

Your workforce is key to your competitiveness. Our Business Services Team can help you recruit and retain your best employees by providing coordinated services and resources.

Consider the time and expense involved in finding talent:

Michigan Works! West Central will take on this initial time and expense - ALL AT NO COST TO YOU!

For more information about the services we provide to employers in Lake, Mason and Oceana counties please contact Merri Bennett, Business Services Director, at or at 231.583.2029. For services for employers in Mecosta, Newaygo and Osceola counties please contact Jonathan Eppley, Business Services Specialist at or at 231.660.0253.


skilled trades training fund (sttf)

Governor Snyder and the state legislature appropriated $29,000,000 for the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) this year! This was the fifth year the fund was available to employers.  This year's Open Application Period began on Monday September 18th and ended Friday October 6th. Applications can only be filed through Michigan Works! and this year we helped nearly 40 companies apply for funding for employers to upgrade the skills of their current workforce! Award recipients were announced November 29th. 

Since the program began, 50% of the awards have gone to companies with less than 100 employees and approximately 38% to companies with 500 or less. And since its inception in 2014, Michigan Works! West Central has helped secure nearly $2,000,000 for 40 different companies in our six-county service areaThat equates to the training of more than 2,000 workers including funding for 47 USDOL registered apprenticeships! For a list of companies and trainings that have been approved click here.

To take adantage of this grant and to apply call Business Services Director Merri Bennett at 231-583-2029 or send an email to


U.S. Department of labor registered apprenticeships

Companies in all sectors of the American economy are facing complex workforce challenges in increasingly competitive domestic and global markets. A U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) registered apprenticeship program is a proven solution for recruiting, training, and retaining world-class talent. USDOL apprenticeships are completely industry driven and developed by the employer. Michigan Works! West Central serves as your main contact for working with the U.S. Department of Labor and in most cases can help with funding.

Benefits for employers include:

To learn more about how to start an apprenticeship program contact Business Services Director Merri Bennett at 231-583-2029 or at


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