Cathy Knapp
Manufacturing Specialist Services
Phone: (269) 553-9588

Ryan Conrod
Downtown Event Coordinator
Phone: (269) 651-1907

Andrew Kuk
Assistant City Manager - Development Director
Phone: (269) 659-7234

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Assitance & Incentives

Many new or growing businesses need some help to develop their business, start a new venture, or improve an existing one. Through state, local, and non-profit resources, the City of Sturgis is willing to do all it can to help match businesses up with resources such as assistance or incentives that will help them prosper. Below are a few of the resources available. To help explore all your resource options, please contact the City of Sturgis Economic Development department at (269) 659-7234 or email us at [email protected]. Be sure to ask about how the Business Development Team may be able to help.

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
If you are looking to redevelop a brownfield property, the City’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority may be able to help provide project incentives. Contact [email protected] to find out if you qualify.

Core Community
Because of its prime location, Sturgis is one of 88 Michigan communities designated as a Core Community, providing added eligibility for programs designed to eradicate contaminated sites or utilize abandoned properties.

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE)
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Programs include volunteer mentors; free, confidential business counseling; online business resources; and free or low cost seminars or webinars. Sturgis Economic Development staff can help get you in contact with SCORE resources, or you can learn more online at

Michigan Economic Development Corporation and State of Michigan
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has a variety of resources and information available on their website at, including a listing of state programs and incentives for businesses.

The State of Michigan also offers the Michigan Business One-Stop, a website providing access to online services for business at

Tax Abatements
For industrial businesses the City of Sturgis can offer tax abatements through the State’s Industrial Facility exemption Certificate (IFEC) program. Contact Cathy Knapp of at [email protected] to learn more.