Chrysler Connects Small Businesses with Top Suppliers


AUBURN HILLS — Chrysler Group and Pure Michigan Business Connect held Chrysler Connect 2013, an event aimed at matching small Michigan businesses with buying teams with significant purchasing power in an effort to spur economic and job growth in the state.

“Over the past several years, Chrysler has become synonymous with innovation and reinvention, showing everyone that some of the world’s best products are “Imported from Detroit,” said Gov. Rick Snyder.  “Chrysler’s participation in Pure Michigan Business Connect is one more example of its commitment to growing and creating jobs here in our state.”

The Pure Michigan Business Connect supplier summits are exclusive purchaser-supplier matchmaking engagements that provide procurement opportunities to Michigan vendors. MEDC and the Detroit Regional Chamber merged the Chamber’s Connection Point events with Pure Michigan Business Connect in January 2013, and have since conducted supplier summits with nearly 70 other purchasers.

Suppliers from all over Michigan in industries from welding to facility management applied to participated in the event.  Chrysler and its top suppliers submitted areas of need in advance and the MEDC matched those needs with applicants.  More than 300 strategically targeted “matches” were made based on the types of goods and services the larger companies had identified, and the companies were provided the opportunity to meet face to face while at the event.

“We are thrilled to offer these small Michigan businesses a platform to showcase their goods and services to potential customers,” said Scott Kunselman, senior vice president. “Chrysler is very proud that our home state is full of such innovative, forward-thinking and hard-working entrepreneurs.  They are a huge asset to our state and our economy.”

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