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Michigan Defense Center – Resource Guide

The Resource Guide will help you and your company explore ways to expand your portfolio, protect your business from cyclical downturns and grow your bottom line.

Defense/Defense Aerospace/Homeland Security contracting isn’t easy, but it is lucrative. Michigan’s defense eco-system and the state and federal resources available to you cane position your Michigan company to take advantage or this market.

The Resource Guide was created for Michigan companies and innovators interested in doing business with the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The contents and tips provided can help put you on the path to federal contracting success!

To view the Online Resource Guide
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Bid Targeting System (BTS)—Exclusively in Michigan

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

Register by clicking here.

“BTS and the grant program simplified the process of finding and winning federal contracts.”

Jim Foucher

Vice President, RBV Contracting, Inc.

Michigan Defense CyberSmart Program

Michigan Defense CyberSmart is a comprehensive program to support Michigan companies meet the new federal cybersecurity requirements (DFARS 252.204-7012 compliancy) that need to be met to continue working as a defense contractor.

This program is offered by the state of Michigan by the Michigan Defense Center through the Bid Targeting System, and is available to only Michigan companies.

Login to your account to access the step-by-step details of Michigan Defense CyberSmart Program Guide and submit your application. Feel free to reach out to as many vendors on the Vendor Referral List until you find that one that best meets your cybersecurity needs.

The Michigan Defense Center is excited to be offering such a comprehensive program to assist our Michigan companies in becoming cybersecurity compliant. We look forward to working with you!

Click here to view the CyberSmart Guide


Bid Writing / Grant Proposals

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.

For more information, visit

MEDC Resources

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is transforming the state’s economy by growing and attracting business, retaining talented residents and revitalizing our urban centers.

Michigan’s business climate is stronger than ever. Nearly two-thirds of Michigan businesses surveyed describe the state as having a positive business climate and would promote Michigan as a place to start a business. The state is ranked as a Top 10 Pro-Business State and as a Top 10 state for major new and expanded corporate facilities.

Michigan’s competitiveness is due in part to the simple, fair and efficient 6 percent corporate tax, and the elimination of industrial personal property taxes that will cut $372 million for small businesses by 2020.

Michigan provides millions of dollars in support each year for business expansions and growth through its resources, incentives and loans. Entrepreneurs and startups also have access to business services and financial support through MEDC’s SmartZones and business incubators, each anchored by an academic institution.

For more information, click here.

Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization

The MTRAC Program, with funding support from the Michigan Strategic Fund and administered through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Entrepreneurship & Innovation initiative, was created in 2012 to accelerate the transfer of new technologies from Michigan’s institutions of higher learning. In 2016, the program was expanded as a statewide program to support translational research throughout the state of Michigan from all institutions of higher education, hospital systems and nonprofit research centers. The expansion reinforces the commitment to entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth by providing a pathway to accelerate the creation and transfer of new technologies into the commercial market by way of startups or licenses. Five innovation hubs across the state support key technology focus areas; life sciences, advanced transportation, advanced materials, ag bio and advanced computing. For more details about the MTRAC program or MEDC’s entrepreneurship programs please contact Denise Graves, University Relations Director at For more information on the MTRAC Innovation Hubs and eligibility please visit the individual websites below:

Statewide Resources

PTAC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) representatives offer a wide range of services to Michigan companies interested in exploring defense opportunities though one-on-one counseling, bid matching, proposal preparation and follow-on services.

Society of Automotive Engineers:

Engineering Society of Detroit:

National Defense Industrial Association-Michigan (NDIA)
Women in Defense–Michigan (WID)
Association of U.S. Army–Arsenal of Democracy Chapter
The Michigan Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium (MUASC)

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

 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.