Community Ventures

Community Ventures (CV) is an innovative economic development initiative to support individuals who have been under employed, or chronically unemployed. Coordinated by the Talent Investment Agency (TIA), this initiative helps structurally unemployed individuals pursue career opportunities in Detroit, Flint, Saginaw and Pontiac.
The Saginaw County Business & Education Partnership is a proud leading partner in the Community Ventures program. Under a contract with the Talent Investment Agency, we provide supportive services to Community Ventures participants.

Nexteer Automotive
Community Ventures

Morley Companies, Inc.
Community Ventures

If you are interested in participating as an employer or a community-based partner, please contact Sharon Coenis, Community Ventures Saginaw Project Manager at

“I believe this initiative is a great public-private partnership that is creating shared and customized solutions for both employees and employers within our community so that our citizens can be more successful.”Kathy Conklin, Executive Director, Saginaw County Business & Education Partnership

Great Lakes Bay Employer Resource Network

An Employer Resource Network (ERN) serves as a chain of public and private partnerships that seek out opportunities to create real jobs for low income individuals. By creating a system of models, this network of employers, community leaders, and non-profit agencies is able to provide member employees connections. With access to social services and training programs, we can provide solutions for success in life and in the workplace.
The Saginaw County Business & Education Partnership serves as the administrator and fiscal agent to the Great Lakes Bay Employer Resource Network.

For more information about Employer Resource Networks please visit,

ERN Members

Alloy Construction
Consumers Energy
Covenant Healthcare
Little People’s Daycare
Merrill Technologies Group
Mobile Medical Response
Morley Companies, Inc.
Nexteer Automotive
Spaulding Manufacturing, Inc.

ERN Strategic Partners

1st State Bank
Saginaw County Business & Education Partnership
Saginaw County Department of Health and Human Services
Team One Credit Union
TIA Community Ventures
Wanigas Credit Union