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

  • Provides real jobs for people with very few employment options
  • Addresses key barriers for employment
  • Provides a venue for additional services to prepare people for success – such as success coaching
  • Helps people improve professionally and develop an employment history
  • Provides safer communities
  • Employer grants – usually in the form of wage reimbursements for employers to cover in-house training and costs related to hiring CV participants
  • Wrap-around services – assist with job retention and removal of barriers to employment (e.g., success coaching, transportation, financial literacy, etc.)
  • Business supports – services and supports for businesses and social enterprises to improve employee engagement and productivity
“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

• Business engagement
• Cross-sector collaboration among employers
• Human services and educators engagement
• Workplace-based employee success coaching (case management)
• Real-time referrals to community resources
• Small to mid-sized companies
• Public human services and workforce development
• Private non-profits
• Community colleges and vocational training organizations local, regional and national foundations
• Employers retain an engaged and skilled workforce
• Public agencies and nonprofits get better outcomes from programs that advance economic independence
• Employee retention rates of 85-98%
• Contributing employer ROI of 175-330%
• Increased employee engagement
• Creation of informal regional human resource networks
• Decreased employee reliance on public assistance and increased family financial stability
• Basic computer skills
• Computer applications
• Financial management and budgeting
• Economic diversity education
• Credit repair and foreclosure prevention
• Leadership and problem solving
• Health and wellness
• Free income tax preparation