From the Arsenal of Democracy to the Arsenal of Innovation

The state office tasked to protect and grow Michigan’s defense, defense aerospace and homeland security missions and industries.

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The Protect and Grow Initiative

The Michigan Defense Center leads the state’s Protect and Grow Initiative, a comprehensive statewide effort for Michigan’s Defense, Defense Aerospace and Homeland Security Sectors.

The original plan established unity of effort among defense ecosystem stakeholders within the state and laid the foundation for Michigan to reinforce its legacy as the Arsenal of Democracy. The strategy was successful in increasing Michigan’s visibility and influence at the state and national level, which has resulted in new missions and funding for our defense assets.

Protect & Grow 2.0 builds on this success to match Michigan’s industries with the National Security Plan to increase contract spending to Michigan companies and expansion of federal missions.

MDC Resources – Let the Michigan Defense Center connect you to these important business opportunities

4,000 Michigan businesses are currently serving the defense industry, and there’s room for more.  Find out how the Michigan defense center can connect you to important business opportunities.

  • Online Resource Guide
  • Bid Targeting System
  • Proposal Writing Services Grant

Bid Targeting System (BTS)

The MDC is your best ally when it comes to determining the contracts that best fit your company’s capabilities and to help you bid on them. The Bid Targeting System, developed by MDC exclusively for Michigan companies, provides business intelligence support to help companies better assess which contracting opportunities to pursue, as well as keep track of the status of current and past bids. The Michigan Defense Center is an operation of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Our BTS aids your company by:

  • More clearly identifying contracts suitable for your company, improving your success rate
  • Providing you with a report detailing what federal and state contracting officers consider your company’s strengths and weaknesses and suggesting actions to strengthen your score

Download | BTS Flyer

Watch | Introduction to the Bid Targeting System Video

Watch | Understanding your Firm Report Video

Watch | Finding your federal contract opportunities Video

Watch | Setting up federal contract opportunity email notices Video

Watch | Applying for a grant to hire a professional bid writer Video

Proposal Writing Services Grant (PWS)

Every year, DoD awards billions of dollars in contracts to hundreds of Michigan businesses, supporting more than 100,000 jobs. To help your company get its share, MDC offers grants to assist Michigan companies in writing a bid response to DoD and DHS contract opportunities.

Grants are available for 50% (up to $10,000) of the cost required to hire a pre-qualified bid-writing firm.

Download | PWS Flyer

Does your business operate in a classified space sponsored by the US government? Or do you anticipate needing classified space for a future contract?

Do you need a Commercial SCIF?

The Michigan Defense Center is investigating the need for, and potential investment in a Commercial Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) for our Michigan companies. A Commercial SCIF is a U.S. government–accredited facility where companies can view, discuss, or electronically process Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) that is part of a federal contract. We invite you to take a 5 minute survey, which will help us better understand your company’s current and future needs for this type of facility within the state.

Note: this survey does not require you to provide corporately identifiable information.


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