Arsenal of Innovation

Opportunities
 

Let the Bid Targeting System (BTS) find the right federal contract opportunities for your business. Grant funding is available to help you write a winning proposal.

The Bid Targeting System (BTS) **hotlink “Bid Targeting System (BTS)” with www.bidtarget.org** is an online tool developed by the Michigan Defense Center and Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) that is designed to make your pursuit of federal contracts more effective. There are even grant dollars available to your company through the Michigan Defense Center’s Proposal Writing Services grant program, which can help fund the development of a winning federal contract proposal! Features and benefits of the BTS include:

Features:

·       Prioritize bid opportunities with custom search filters and criteria weights
·       Automatically match your firm with top bidding opportunities
·       Receive daily email notifications of new bid opportunities
·       Save and manage your favorite bid opportunities with total user control
·       Custom and standard reports, including company specific “Firm Report”
·       Multiple search features: NAICS, Region, SBA Program, Bid Due Date
·       Extracts & integrates business intelligence from various sources
·       Grant funding available to hire professional bid writers

Benefits:
·       Personally manage your bid opportunity search profile
·       Save time and money pursuing federal bids
·       Develop a practical roadmap to becoming a successful federal contractor by leveraging information from multiple sources
·       Understand your firm’s strengths and weaknesses, the same that federal buyers are seeing
·       Customize strategies to improve score and grow your business faster
·       More informed business decision-making on pursuing federal bids

The Michigan Defense Center hosts free 60-minute online demonstrations and Q&A sessions on BTS for Michigan companies. We cover topics like how to efficiently navigate the site and find federal contract opportunities, explore various features, as well as answer your questions. If you are interested in an online demo, check the Michigan Defense Center calendar below for scheduled sessions, and RSVP by emailing the Developer Team at Bid Targeting System frigy@michigandefensecenter.org 

International Landing Zone

If you are a foreign company looking to land lucrative Defense and Homeland Security contracts, consider applying for the International Landing Zone (ILZ) program.

Situated at the Michigan Defense Center and within Michigan’s defense corridor, the ILZ provides space for international companies interested in exploring the feasibility of opening or expanding operations in the United States.

The ILZ can help your company:

  • Meet potential customers
  • Gain access to mentors and industry experts
  • Expand and extend contractor relationships
  • Explore adjacent industrial sectors
Internal-Landing-Zone-a Enjoy physical space benefits, including:

  • Co-located with the Michigan Defense Center
  • Well-appointed office with full suite of amenities and support, including phone and mailbox
  • Dedicated meeting and training rooms
  • Access to local training and workshops
  • Large printers
  • Videoconferencing technology

Application Process:

Click here to access the online application.

Companies that submit successful applications will be invited to conduct an interview with the Michigan Defense Center team and key partners.

Step 1 Submit a completed application to determine eligibility at the Michigan Defense Center’s International Landing Zone.

Step 2 The Michigan Defense Center directors and key partners will invite successful applicants to participate in an interview.

Step 3 Applicants who have successfully completed both the application and the interview will be notified of admission to the ILZ within five business days. Companies selected to locate to the International Landing Zone will be invited to move in to their designated space for a six-month period.

Michigan Cyber Range: Test. Teach. Train.


Michigan is where the worlds of commercial auto, military vehicles, robotics and aerospace align. Here, R&D, talent and testing come together in a symbiotic relationship and cyber is the link between these vehicles of the future.

Vehicles are no longer just steel and rubber but platforms for complicated and interconnected communications and computers. Commercial vehicles currently have up to 200 million lines of code that must be tested and protected. Autonomy is no longer a futuristic dream. Their reality requires protecting these systems; that’s where the Michigan Cyber Range (MCR) comes into play.

An unclassified, private cloud operated by Merit, the MCR delivers cybersecurity classes and exercises and enables product development and testing to clients and Merit members across the nation and throughout the world.

Michigan has more unclassified cyber hubs than any other state in the nation, making us the “go to” place for students, workforce professionals, academia and government to test their skills through various hacking exercises. Via these cyber hubs, these entities are able to gain educational experience, and validate the security of software technologies and perform penetration testing on their networks.

Learn more about Michigan’s Cyber Hubs

Calendar

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February
  • 06
    06.February.Thursday

    11:00 am-12:00 pm
    2020-02-06

    The Michigan Defense Center hosts free 60-minute online demonstrations and Q&A sessions on BTS for Michigan companies. We cover topics like how to efficiently navigate the site and find federal contract opportunities, explore various features, as well as answer your questions. If you are interested in an online demo, check the Michigan Defense Center calendar below for scheduled sessions, and RSVP by emailing the Developer Team at Bid Targeting System frigy@michigandefensecenter.org.

  • 20
    20.February.Thursday

    11:00 am-12:00 pm
    2020-02-20

    The Michigan Defense Center hosts free 60-minute online demonstrations and Q&A sessions on BTS for Michigan companies. We cover topics like how to efficiently navigate the site and find federal contract opportunities, explore various features, as well as answer your questions. If you are interested in an online demo, check the Michigan Defense Center calendar below for scheduled sessions, and RSVP by emailing the Developer Team at Bid Targeting System frigy@michigandefensecenter.org.

  • 20
    20.February.Thursday

    5:00 pm-9:00 pm
    2020-02-20

    Supporting Fisher House Michigan

    Thursday, February 20, 2020 5-9pm*
    Jenuwine Cigar Lounge
    44791 Schoenherr Road
    Sterling Heights MI 48313

    Hors d’eouvres and full bar
    Cigar Specials
    Entertainment
    Live Auction We need donation items, Contact BG Montjar

    $30 online registration / $40 at the door

    *Inclement Weather Date: February 27, 2020

  • 25
    25.February.Tuesday

    11:45 am-4:30 pm
    2020-02-25
    College for Creative Studies-Taubman Center
    460 W. Baltimore St., Detroit, MI 48202

    Tuesday, Feb. 25  | 11:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

    College for Creative Studies – Taubman Center
    460 W. Baltimore St., Detroit, MI 48202
    Map/Directions

    Price: $100 for MICHauto investors and Chamber members, $150 Future investors and members

    Please note: There will be no refunds for this event.

    See the Agenda.

    Register for the event here!

  • 25
    25.February.Tuesday

    3:00 pm-6:00 pm
    2020-02-25
    Lansing Community College-West Campus
    5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, MI 48917

    In conjunction with the MEDC, LEAP has recently concluded a year-long study of the Lansing region’s defense industry. Working with many industry respondents, ranging from manufacturing to IT, the purpose of this study was to identify what we have, but more importantly, explore ideas as to how Lansing regional companies can build capabilities and win contracts in service of US defense and homeland security.

    We have those results and will be unveiling them at a seminar February 25, 2020 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Lansing Community College – West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, MI 48917. Additionally, we are partnering with LEAP member and law firm Miller Canfield, who are specializing in defense industry and aerospace work here in Michigan and in Washington DC. They, led by former MEDC Director Steve Arwood, will be bringing major national experts as speakers with great strategies to our meeting as well.

    Anyone who participated in this study and everyone else related to the defense industry, including manufacturers and other industry partners, are most welcome to attend this FREE seminar with free parking. Please RSVP via the Eventbrite link below:

    Aerospace and Defense Industry seminar RSVP Eventbrite:

    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/92385785371