Ranging from innovative small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, employers in the Great Lakes Bay Region provide world-class opportunities while supporting workplace cultures that are family friendly and community oriented. Launch a new startup with the support of one of the region’s excellent business incubators—or check out one of the area’s many job fairs. Find your own opportunities for success in the Great Lakes Bay Region.


Transform your business idea into a company or expand your company by turning to the Central Michigan University Research Corporation (CMURC), with branches in Bay, Saginaw, and Isabella Counties. Seek advice from the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which supports small businesses and advanced technology companies. With the many business incubators in the region, you will find strong support for your business idea or startup.

Job Fairs

Throughout the year in Saginaw County, Saginaw Valley State University hosts many job fairs, all of which are free, open to the public, and attended by hundreds of employers. Delta College in Bay County hosts the annual Great Lakes Bay Job Fair, where job seekers can network with scores of employers. Mid Michigan College hosts an annual job fair at its campus in Clare County. You also can attend Alma College’s annual Career EXPLO, an exciting job fair and networking event.

Established Employers

Founded and headquartered in Midland County, the Dow Chemical Company is a multinational corporation and global leader that employs thousands of people in the Midland area. Arenac County is home to successful manufacturing and engineering companies such as Magline, Vantage Plastics, and ATD Engineering & Machine. Gratiot County’s Hutchinson Aerospace & Industry creates crankshafts, engines, and axles for the automotive industry. Clare County is home to a manufacturing plant for automobile seating, a plant owned by the Lear Corporation, a fortune-500 company.

Find Out More!

Visit the counties page to learn more and discover what each county has to offer!