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Our Business is You!

Our Business Services Team at Michigan Works! Southeast is the leading go-to partner for all of your workforce development needs. We pride ourselves in our quality of service and our innovative approach to help your business succeed in today's global economy. Unsure how to start? Contact us to learn more!

July 2019 - June 2020

COVID-19: Need help with your plan to re-open?

With so many resources available to area businesses, we have made it our goal to serve as a library of vetted and reliable sources for you while your industry/company re-engages with your employees and customers.

Navigating the plethora of resources can be time consuming and overwhelming. We are here to help! Our dedicated Business Services Coordinators will help guide you through opportunities available for area businesses.

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The number one priority of Michigan Works! Southeast is the safety of our team members, customers, partners and the communities we serve. As a result of COVID-19, we are rapidly changing the way in which we provide services to our customers.

All services and workshops will be offered virtually or by appointment-only and Employer of the Day events have been postponed until further notice.

Solutions & Services

Michigan Works Southeast offers a wide variety of sustainable solutions to assist employers in recruiting, hiring, training and retaining the best qualified candidates to maximize their existing workforce. All services are offered free of charge to eligible job seekers and employers unless otherwise noted.

Corporate Assistance Programs

Michigan Works! Southeast has partnered with EDSI Solutions to aid businesses through these difficult times. Companies with 50 or more employees and facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 Pandemic could receive management training at a reduced cost. Our team of experts and partners at EDSI Solutions will help eligible businesses avoid layoffs as they navigate these uncertain times.

Contact us to learn more!

Talent Recruitment

Access to Talent: We work with thousands of job seekers across our region and will connect them to you through referrals and hiring events. When you have an open position, we’ll share it with our vast talent network

Free Job Posting: Fill open positions by posting them to MiTalent.org, the State of Michigan’s free job board. Don’t have an account? Contact us and our Business Services Team will help you get started!

Job Fairs & Hiring Events: We offer a variety of hiring events throughout the year to connect you to local talent. In addition, we regularly invite an “Employer of the Day” to hold open interviews at our locations.

Ask Us about Virtual Hiring Showcases & Job Fairs

Training & Grants

Incumbent Worker Training (IWT): IWT funds assist employers with upgrading the skills of employees in order to retain or maintain employment, enhance their wage earning capacity, add to the viability and productivity of the business or avert a layoff situation.

On the Job Training (OJT): OJT can help soon to be hired eligible employees acquire occupational skills in a paid working environment. Employers are eligible to be reimbursed for up to 75 percent of the participating employee’s wage during the training period. OJT funding is only available pre the offer of employment.

Soft Skills Training: Soft Skills may is incredibly important for career development and organizational success. We have dedicated team members that will work with you to improve the "people skills" and retention of your workforce. We have a customizable curriculum," Bring Your A Game To Work" that is accredited through The Center for Work Ethic Development, LLC. Contact Us to schedule an on-site training today!

Interested in grant opportunities?

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Layoff Aversion (Rapid Response)

Michigan Works! Southeast brings together a dedicated team to work with companies considering layoffs. We offer layoff aversion strategies that can prevent the layoff, or minimize operational disruptions if a layoff is eminent.

As your local workforce development agency we partner with local and state agencies to help businesses in distress. If layoffs are ever necessary, we are available for early assistance to help the affected employees. We provide on-site orientation of all available resources for groups of workers affected by layoffs, plant closings, outsourcing or downsizing and can work with the employees to help them transition to new jobs.

Is your company considering or trying to avoid layoffs?

Contact Us

Retention Solutions

Minimum cost of turnover is $3,500 per Employee INCLUDING the cost of posting the open position, interviewing, training new employees, overall decrease of department productivity, etc.

Our Solution: Business Resource Networks

The Business Resource Network (BRN) is a business strategy comprised of local companies that aim to increase job retention and job productivity among their staff. By leveraging resources, companies are ensuring their employees’ personal needs are met, and therefore, improving workplace engagement.

If the success coach can retain just TWO employees, the cost is more than covered.

Learn more about Business Resource Networks
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What Our Customers are Saying

  • Your instructors have done a superb job in taking my workforce talent to a new and higher level. The level of welding surpassed my expectations. What these individuals have achieved in such a short period of time is quite remarkable given the time frame and duration of course.
  • We've had numerous occasions to work with MWSE. In all cases, the service they provided directly assisted us in attracting new companies to Tecumseh, as well assisting current companies in their expansion efforts. One of the single most important factors that most relocation decision include is the available workforce and training. I have found that the response we receive with the services and dollars that are offered through MWSE have been attention grabbing to these companies. In addition, the research that MWSE provides to these new organizations is by far something that we could not have accomplished on our own.
  • We were able to hire 2 construction crew members that started this past Monday from a job fair at Michigan Works! Southeast. This is a great number as construction crew members that are willing to start right away and are willing to travel are few and far in between.
  • Michigan Works! Southeast put us in touch with other critical partners to assist us with recruiting. They hosted weekly informational and interview sessions so that we could tell prospective candidates about UPS. When we started our hiring process and helped us to partner with and have our orientation sessions with approximately 30 new employees at their facility. We had a very successful peak season in our new Howell facility. We couldn't have done it without our partners from Michigan Works!. We expect to continue our partnership with Michigan Works! and will count on them to help us with our staffing needs into the future.

Celebrating Success

October 29, 2020

Crankshaft Machine Group

By receiving a Going Pro Talent Fund award of $13,380 in Fiscal Year 2019, Crankshaft Machine Group was able to train and retain a total of seven incumbent workers and one first year apprentice. All employees were able to complete their scheduled training and receive certificates of completion. This training […]
July 9, 2020

Hillsdale County Hiring Blitz

HILLSDALE MICHIGAN, Four hundred Hillsdale County Graduating Seniors will gain access to local and out of county employers who are actively hiring for hundreds of employment opportunities in more than ten different industries on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Participating employers include American Axle & Manufacturing, Clemens Food Group, Dematic Corp., […]
July 9, 2020

Paragon Metals

Paragon Metals, Inc. is a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier of automotive, truck, industrial and heavy equipment to Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Volvo and Behr. Headquartered in Hillsdale, the company has facilities in China and Korea. Paragon recently expanded it Michigan footprint by adding another facility in the Hillsdale […]