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Set the stage for your Business

Our local existing businesses are the strength and vitality of Michigan’s Great Southwest’s economy.

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Set the stage for your Business

Our local existing businesses are the strength and vitality of Michigan’s Great Southwest’s economy.

Open

Set the stage for your Business

Our local existing businesses are the strength and vitality of Michigan’s Great Southwest’s economy.

Open

Set the stage for your Business

Our local existing businesses are the strength and vitality of Michigan’s Great Southwest’s economy.

Open

Set the stage for your Business

Our local existing businesses are the strength and vitality of Michigan’s Great Southwest’s economy.

Open

Set the stage for your Business

Our local existing businesses are the strength and vitality of Michigan’s Great Southwest’s economy.

Open

Set the stage for your Business

Our local existing businesses are the strength and vitality of Michigan’s Great Southwest’s economy.

Open

2020 Key Results

Your investments at work! Thank you for a phenomenal year!

475

475

Businesses Assisted

9

9

New Business Starts

$1.1

$1.1

Million Capital Investment

883K

883K

Workforce within 60 miles

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Who We Are

Cornerstone Alliance is a non-profit, investor-governed economic development organization primarily focused on increasing employment opportunities, private sector capital investments and the local tax base in Michigan’s Great Southwest with specialized business services offered in economically distressed areas.

What We Do

We deliver customer-focused economic development solutions through partnerships that grow employment opportunities, increase the tax base and add to the economic vibrancy of our area.

Our Strategic Plan

In 2017, Cornerstone Alliance initiated a new, bold plan to set Berrien County on a trajectory of new jobs, business and investment growth.  The Cornerstone Alliance Strategic Plan represents the economic, community and physical development priorities for Berrien County.  The strategic plan can be found here

Equality Pledge 

At Cornerstone Alliance, our diverse team of professionals is committed to using all of our resources to lift up the whole community by improving economic opportunities for everyone. Our mission is to support businesses of every industry sector and size, and entrepreneurs of every race, age, sexual orientation and gender. We do not tolerate racism, oppression, nor bigotry.

As Berrien County’s lead economic development agency, Cornerstone Alliance knows that the community can achieve inclusive growth by taking proactive measures that support more opportunities for minority entrepreneurship, minority hiring and improved minority education opportunities. We will hold each other accountable and share our progress in reaching long-term change for our minority and underserved populations.

Our goals include:
1. Recruit companies and developers to Berrien County that have a stated commitment to racial equality and inclusion. These companies will create jobs that propel the entire community by improving economic opportunity for everyone.
2. Recruit diverse staff and board members and promote their inclusion and advancement within the Cornerstone Alliance organization.
3. Increase minority entrepreneurship by leveraging the resources of the Women’s Business Center, Small Business Administration and Renaissance Development Fund. Provide at least five (5) microloans annually to minority, female and veteran entrepreneurs.
4. Begin First Choice tours in Benton Harbor, while highlighting the residential, recreational and commercial activities in the City.

These important actions will build a more equitable, inclusive community.

 

Let us help!

 

If you're looking at expanding, we provide competitive market analysis, real estate options,
and connections to key business and political leaders throughout Southwest Michigan.

 

“Cornerstone Alliance has a strong history and reputation for their commitment to Michigan’s Great Southwest and they have opened doors to opportunities for growth and expansion in the region."
Scott McFarland, CEO
Honor Credit Union

"Cornerstone Alliance is the strongest and most important partner a local business has as their advocate."
Tim McVay
Freedom Counseling Center

"Cornerstone Alliance’s success benefits all of us who live here and raise our families here. Their work is important for the future of our community."
J.C. & Nancy Anderson
Investors in Cornerstone Alliance

"When many support a common goal, the effect will always be much stronger than any one of us can accomplish individually."
Mike Daigle, Executive Director,
South Bend International Airport