Whitmer signs directive to help certain businesses

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LANSING, Mich. (AP/WOOD) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive directive that’s designed to help expand opportunities for certain small businesses and those businesses facing economic challenges.

The Democrat’s office says that with the directive signed Friday the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget must work with other state departments, agencies and organizations representing small businesses to identify and reduce barriers for those businesses. It seeks to boost purchases from them and reach more contracts with them.

Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II said the directive will benefit businesses across the state.

“Whether you’re a business owner in Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids or anywhere in the U.P., we are ready to get to work to build bridges between entreprenuers and government,” Gilchrist said.

“Expanding opportunities for small businesses will help build strong communities throughout Michigan — in rural, downtown Detroit, on the West Side. A lot of small businesses are going to benefit from this,” Whitmer added.

The directive targets Michigan’s so-called opportunity zones, or communities that have been cut off from capital and have experienced a lack of business growth.

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