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The Going PRO Talent Fund (GPTF) creates jobs and new opportunities through competitive training grants for employers like you! Winners receive funds to hire talent and upskill current employees, with customized training solutions to meet the needs of your business.

$3.6+ Million were awarded to Southeast Michigan businesses in 2023, resulting in 789 new jobs and 1,800+ employees trained. What can the #Going PRO talent fund do for your business?


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2023 Award

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The Going PRO Talent fund has new opportunities for employers participating in Industry Led Collaboratives, an innovative strategy to help employers to close the skills gap.

An Industry-Led Collaborative (ILC) is a network of businesses, training providers, and workforce agencies that use the power of collaboration to identify opportunities to upskill their workforce. With exclusive access to additional dollars from the GoingPRO Talent Fund, participating companies can fill in-demand jobs and create lucrative career opportunities for their employees.

Are you ready to close the talent gap? Contact us to learn more about Industry Led Collaboratives!

Celebrating Success

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 recently expanded its Michigan footprint by adding another facility in the Hillsdale Industrial Park. In order to adequately staff growth, the company worked closely with Michigan Works! to apply for the Going PRO Talent fund and was awarded $18,000 to jumpstart electrical apprenticeships and hire 10 new employees, such as Cole Breault.

"Without the Going PRO training money we wouldn’t be in as good as a position as we are now. This is a huge benefit for not just our employees, but for economic development in the region."

Chris Poling, Training & Safety Coord. at Paragon Metals

Cole Breault was a recent high school graduate with no prior work experience. Michigan Works! Southeast connected him with Paragon Metals who were happy to hire him thanks to additional funding from the GPTF grant.

"I feel more confident and I feel less intimidated by the career/working kind of environment. It makes it a little bit easier…"

Cole Breault

As a result of this growth – and the Going PRO Talent Fund that helped make it possible Paragon Metals and Cole Breault have both become vibrant parts of the economic resurgence in Hillsdale County.

2023 Award Winners

Company Name City County  Amount Awarded 
Oaks at Northpointe Woods Battle Creek Calhoun County  $                  32,100.00
Castor Concepts Albion Calhoun County  $                  52,248.10
Trilogy Health Services – Oaks at Woodfield : Grand Blanc Grand Blanc Genesee County  $                  37,653.30
Ross Design & Engineering Cement City Hillsdale County  $                  87,905.85
Livonia Tool & Laser Litchfield Hillsdale County  $                  14,338.00
Hillsdale Hospital Hillsdale Hillsdale County  $                184,098.85
Ritz-Craft of Michigan Jonesville Hillsdale County  $                  28,880.37
Cobra Moto, LLC Hillsdale Hillsdale County  $                  11,235.00
Trilogy Health Services – Willows at East Lansing East Lansing Ingham County  $                  13,856.50
Trilogy Health Services – Willows at Okemos Okemos Ingham County  $                  76,935.14
Accubilt Automated Systems LLC Jackson Jackson County  $                105,930.00
Wardcraft Industries Spring Arbor Jackson County  $                137,465.04
Michigan Automotive Compressor, Inc. Parma Jackson County  $                  52,397.90
Technique Jackson Jackson County  $                125,687.55
Consumers Energy Jackson Jackson Jackson County  $                  30,461.83
Elm Plating Company Jackson Jackson County  $                517,880.00
Our Family Friend- Jackson, MI Jackson Jackson County  $                  18,725.00
Advance Turning & Manufacturing, Inc. Jackson Jackson County  $                    3,745.00
Lomar Horton Jackson County  $                  11,235.00
MAIN & COMPANY Jackson Jackson County  $                  18,725.00
Jackson Tumble Finish Jackson Jackson County  $                    3,745.00
RW Mercer Co Jackson Jackson County  $                  26,215.00
Trilogy Health Services – The Oaks at Belmont Belmont Kent County  $                  11,235.00
Trilogy Health Services – Oaks at Byron Center Byron Center Kent County  $                    6,313.00
Synchrony Pharmacy/PCA : Grand Rapids Grand Rapids Kent County  $                    8,230.44
Trilogy Health Services – Stonegate Health Campus : Lapeer Lapeer Lapeer County  $                  97,370.00
Adrian Steel Company Adrian Lenawee County  $                  11,235.00
MS Ultrasonic Howell Livingston County  $                  14,980.00
Thai Summit America Howell Livingston County  $                  30,515.33
Dunnage Engineering Brighton Livingston County  $                  53,500.00
Leigh Harter Speech Services, PLLC Hartland Livingston County  $                  41,215.33
Trilogy Health Services – The Willows at Howell Howell Livingston County  $                149,800.00
Liverpool FC IA Michigan Howell Livingston County  $                  29,425.00
Ventra Fowlerville LLC Fowlerville Livingston County  $                  29,425.00
TG Fluid Systems Brighton Livingston County  $                  29,425.00
Trilogy Health Services – Shelby Crossing Health Campus : Utica Utica Macomb County  $                  29,425.00
Trilogy Health Services – Orchard Grove Health Campus : Romeo Romeo Macomb County  $                  29,425.00
Westlake Health Campus Commerce Township Oakland County  $                  29,425.00
Trilogy Health Services – Novi Lakes Health Campus Novi Oakland County  $                  29,425.00
Fontanesi & Kann Co: Ferndale Ferndale Oakland County  $                  29,425.00
The Betty Brigade Ann Arbor Washtenaw County  $                  29,425.00
UIS SCADA Dexter Washtenaw County  $                  29,425.00
AF Smith Electric Ypsilanti Washtenaw County  $                  29,425.00
Haley Mechanical Dexter Washtenaw County  $                  29,425.00
Ashcott Electrical Whitmore Lake Washtenaw County  $                  93,625.00
A & N Electric Ann Arbor Washtenaw County  $                  21,560.50
Brentwood Electric Dexter Washtenaw County  $                  29,960.00
Dan’s Electric Ann Arbor Washtenaw County  $                  79,016.29
Harper Electric Ann Arbor Washtenaw County  $                  80,619.15
Hopp Electric Chelsea Washtenaw County  $                  23,943.39
Wolverine Glass Dexter Washtenaw County  $                221,704.00
Huron Valley Electric Ann Arbor Washtenaw County  $                139,544.05
Turner Electric Service Inc. Dexter Washtenaw County  $                  64,200.00
Tri-County Electric Saline Washtenaw County  $                    7,853.80
Galaxy Brain and Therapy Center Ann Arbor Washtenaw County  $                  89,880.00
BCIC Early Achievers Ypsilanti Washtenaw County  $                  21,746.68
Leon Speakers Ann Arbor Washtenaw County  $                  77,826.45
Michigan Medicine – Health Information Technology & Services Ann Arbor Washtenaw County  $                  69,015.00
Hatch Stamping Company Chelsea Washtenaw County  $                101,521.60
National Fiber Whitmore Lake Washtenaw County  $                  14,980.00
Golden Limousine International Milan Washtenaw County  $                  43,870.00
Michigan Mobility and Logistics Ypsilanti Washtenaw County  $                  11,449.00
GESTAMP WASHTENAW LLC Chelsea Washtenaw County  $                    3,210.00
Global Entrepreneurship Business Lab – Ypsilanti Office Ypsilanti Washtenaw County  $                  12,840.00
logic solutions Plymouth Wayne County  $                  43,383.15
Bayview Electric Redford Wayne County  $                  60,294.50

TOTAL: $3,681,000.09