President & CEO's Message
On the heels of the Virtual Bay Future Annual Report Meeting, our team has been overwhelmed by the support we have received from community members, our Board of Directors, partner institutions, and our Investors.

This support has reiterated that our Board of Directors and the team at Bay Future is taking the proper steps to address the needs of our Bay County economy. Two weeks ago, we publicly rolled out that plan, RECOVER Bay County, which you can read (and watch!) more about in the newsletter.

I'm proud and excited today to share with you our most recent efforts to support Bay County businesses, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Small Business Restart Grant Program. Thank you to those investors, partner organizations, and members of our Board of Directors who assisted us in this grant review process. With your support, we are able to allocate over $1 million to 150 Bay County Businesses! Women, minority and veteran owned small businesses were the primary focus of the grant program. We are honored to have been able to assist those business owners and we will continue to support them and others as we strive to do so each day. These activities are critical for our recovery and regrowth.

Thank you to our generous investors who make the work we do each and every day possible. Without your support, Bay Future would not have the resources we need to carry out our mission of facilitating economic development strategies that promote and secure opportunities for business retention, business growth, and the attraction of new industries that provide quality jobs for our community residents. 

Happy reading and stay safe,

-Trevor Keyes, EDFP
President & CEO
Bay Future, Inc.

Featured Content
RECOVER Bay County

In the face of the challenges brought upon by the COVID19 Pandemic, BFI is compelled to act and address the issues on behalf of Bay County. What follows is an Addendum which will co-exist with BFI’s Strategic Action Plan, Bay Future: Drive. Forward. We will not consider our efforts complete until we have “recovered” and measure our effectiveness by returning to a pre-pandemic economy. 
Bay Future's Economic Task Force Recovery Team Introduces the organization's plan to Recover Bay County.

  • Dana Muscott, City of Bay City Manager
  • Jim Barcia, Bay County Executive
  • Seth Perigo, Community President Great Lakes Bay Region, The Huntington National Bank

Featured Event
Bay Future 2020 Annual Meeting
Bay Future's Recap of 2019 Activities

BFI President & CEO, Trevor Keyes, provides a recap of the organizations 2019 Activities.

Bay Future's COVID-19 Recap

BFI 2020 Chairperson, Kristen Wenzel, provides an overview of the work the team at Bay Future, Inc. has done since Bay County, Michigan started experiencing the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Hear testimonials from partner organizations and Bay County Small Businesses.
Bay Future: Drive. Forward. Campaign Update

Bay Future: Drive. Forward. Campaign Co-Chairs providing an update on Bay Future’s Capital Campaign.

  • Clarence Sevillian, President & CEO, McLaren Bay Region
  • Pete Shaheen, Vice President, Shaheen Development
Investor Spotlight
1st State Bank
16th Annual RUBY Award Nomination Deadline – October 27, 2020

Since 2005, 1st State Bank’s RUBY Award has honored our area’s brightest professionals under the age of 40 who have made their mark in their professions and are having an impact throughout the region. We are now seeking nominations for the 16th Annual RUBY Award to Recognize the Upward, Bright and Young.

Thank you 1st State Bank for recognizing young talent in the Great Lakes Bay Region and for your investment in Bay Future, Inc.!
Program Highlight
Buy BC Gift Card Stimulus Program
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GLBR Business Advisory Council for Early Childhood
The Great Lakes Bay Early Childhood Business Advisory Council for Early Childhood works in unison with local businesses and human resources departments to identify employee challenges and offer solutions for building better work-life-family balances. The goal is to increase awareness among members of the regional business community, of the value and availability of high-quality early childhood programs and supports. This council also seeks to increase investment in high-quality learning opportunities for area families that do not qualify for other financial supports.

The purpose of this business advisory council is to highlight the tremendous opportunity for regional talent and economic development. This website business provides seamless avenues for companies to learn more about Great Start community development projects, talent retention partnerships related to attrition/turn-over and child care, other workforce, and human resource solutions, up-stream talent development, and more.

The advisory council is a consortium of regional Great Start Collaboratives, businesses, community leaders and philanthropic members which includes representation from education, nonprofit, business, government, and health industries and is sponsored by Consumers Energy and the Saginaw Community Foundation.

Ag 2.0: Agriculture - Changes, Challenges & Trends

Food and agriculture account for 17 percent of Michigan's workforce. In Delta College Public Media's newest local documentary, you will hear from people working on the forefront of agriculture in Mid-Michigan and the Thumb. See how they confront obstacles and seize opportunities in this ever-changing industry.

Ag 2.0 highlights Michigan's emerging hemp market, the growing demand for organic foods, the state's role as a producer of beans, and the burgeoning trend of agritourism.

Watch trailer below!
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