ANN ARBOR — The Michigan 2013 Economic Outlook Survey is a flagship report that will be issued the first week of January.

The report will present perceptions of Michigan as a business-friendly state by business, nonprofit and municipal leaders across all 88 counties.

The survey is driven by Ann Arbor’s Baker Strategy Group, a research and consulting firm, along with partnering firms CFI Group, Eiler Communications and Move Communications.

More than 70 associations across the state will be participating in this program, including the Detroit Economic Club, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber, Michigan Manufacturers Association, Southwest Michigan First, the West Michigan Policy Forum, the Traverse City Area Chamber, and Lake Superior Community Partnership.

While the program is similar to the survey Baker Strategy Group has conducted annually since 2009 for the Michigan Manufacturers’ Association, this effort has been expanded to include businesses across all industries, as well as nonprofits and municipalities throughout the state.

“This highly collaborative effort will generate a wealth of insight on Michigan’s outlook,” said David Baker, Managing Partner at Baker Strategy Group. “We will be capturing real-world opinions from more than 5,000 people in businesses, nonprofits and municipal government throughout the state. This is a rare opportunity to capture such a comprehensive statewide measure of Michigan’s prospects as viewed by men and women in these three key sectors of our economy.”

Baker added that “The online survey will begin on November 12, after the election. This post-election start date is important because all federal, state, and local races will be over, and we will know where we stand on the six ballot proposals. Regardless of the outcome of the election, the question for us all will be, ‘What can we do going forward to build a better Michigan economy?’ The Michigan 2013 Economic Outlook Survey will help turn our attention to the common goal of strengthening the Michigan economy.”

Sandy K. Baruah, President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber, is a supporter.

“Michigan can really benefit from a survey of this breadth, and conducting it after the election is perfect timing. With a very competitive campaign season concluded, the information will be collected when it can positively impact Michigan’s reinvention,” Baruah said.

Rick Baker, CEO of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber, is also involved in the program.

“What I really appreciate about the Michigan 2013 Economic Outlook Survey is its breadth and reach,” Baker said. “Our chamber represents 2,700 companies, and 80 percent of them are small businesses with 50 employees or less. This survey will help us get a good read on how our members view Michigan and the prospects for growth in 2013.”

Associations throughout Michigan will send survey email invitations to their members on Nov. 12. The survey will remain open through Dec. 7, with a final report distributed publicly on Jan. 7.

“This program will be made possible by very generous companies and organizations,” David said. “We are still looking for potential Sponsors who want to take a leadership role in promoting Michigan as a business-friendly state. Our Sponsors will receive wide promotion and exposure throughout the state as a positive force for Michigan’s economic future.”

Potential sponsors and interested associations across Michigan should contact David Baker (734) 355-8232 or For more information on the Michigan Economic Outlook Survey, visit

Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber
Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce
Barry County Chamber of Commerce
Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
Blue Water Area Chamber of Commerce
Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce
 Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce
 Clarkston Area Chamber of Commerce
Cobalt Community Research
Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce in Benton Harbor-St. Joseph
Dearborn Chamber of Commerce
Detroit Economic Club
Detroit Regional Chamber
Dickinson Area Partnership
Flint Area Chamber of Commerce
 Ferndale Area Chamber of Commerce
Frankfort Elberta Chamber of Commerce
Freeland Chamber of Commerce
Genesee Regional Chamber
Gladwin County Chamber of Commerce
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Grayling Regional Chamber of Commerce
 Grandville Jenison Chamber of Commerce
Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce
Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Farmington Area Chamber of Commerce
Greater Gratiot Development
Harbor Country Chamber of Commerce
Indian River Chamber of Commerce
Ionia Area Chamber of Commerce
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
Jonesville Chamber of Commerce
Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Lake Superior Community Partnership
Lakewood Area Chamber of Commerce
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
 Ludington and Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce
Macomb County Chamber of Commerce
Marine City Chamber of Commerce
Mason Area Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Association of Regions
Michigan Manufacturers Association
Michigan West Coast Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Works! Association
Municipal Employees’ Retirement System of Michigan
Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
 Newaygo Area Chamber of Commerce
Northville Chamber of Commerce
Oxford area Chamber of Commerce
Petoskey Chamber of Commerce
Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce
Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce
Sault Area Chamber of Commerce
 Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce
Small Business Association of Michigan
South Haven Area Chamber of Commerce
Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber
Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce
Southwest Michigan First
St. Charles Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry
The Right Place
Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
Troy Chamber of Commerce
West Michigan Policy Forum
White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce


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