Doing Business in Saline
The Saline area is, simply put, a great place to do business. But why take our word for it? In its last three rankings (2005, 2007, and 2009), CNN/Money Magazine has named Saline one of America's "Top 100 Best Places to Live" out of more than 1,800 cities with populations 8,500 to 50,000. Big factors in Saline's selection each year have been our business-friendly outlook and economic progressiveness. In 2012, Saline was named as the "Best Place to Raise Kids" in Michigan by BloombergBusinessweek.
Near the Heart of a Business Hub
Saline is strategically located amid southern Michigan's metropolitan corridor. Just a ten-minute drive from downtown Saline is Ann Arbor, one of America's leading high-tech centers and home to the University of Michigan, U-M is world-famous for its scientific research, medical facilities, cultural amenities, and collegiate sports, as well as one of the world's top business schools offering continuing education for executives.
An hour to our east is Detroit, aka Motown – an international business center, and not just for the automotive industry. West of Saline are a string of vibrant mid-size cities such as Jackson, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, and Grand Rapids, each with its own distinctive character, signature attractions, and industry specialties.
Saline is just off I-94, the interstate highway linking Detroit and Chicago and key points in between. We are a half- hour drive from Detroit Metropolitan Airport for easy connection to wherever in the state, country, or world your organization does business.
A Proud Community, a Strong Workforce
More than 1.5 million people live within commuting distance of Saline. They include a workforce among the most skilled and educated in America. (See Saline's demographics if you would like to know more.) People here are literally the embodiment of the proud Midwestern work ethic. We work hard to get things right.
Are you thinking of relocating or expanding your business? In Saline you can be sure to find the employees you need for every role and responsibility.
The Support You Need to Grow Your Business
Bolstering Saline's businesses are top-notch community services and business development resources. The Saline Area Chamber of Commerce is just one. In helping address our Members' needs, SACC often works in close collaboration with these organizations, among others:
- The City of Saline
- Saline's Economic Development Corporation
- Saline's Business Development Association
- Coalition for a Quality Community (CQC)
- Saline Main Street
- Pittsfield Township
- Ann Arbor SPARK
- Michigan Small Business & Technical Development Corporation (MSB&TDC)
- Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
- Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM)
- Swisher Commercial - City of Saline - Saline Industrial Parks
Financial incentives may be available through local governments in partnership with the State of Michigan. Please contact Ann Arbor Spark if you would like to know more.
“Before we joined, a lot of people didn’t even know we were here. Then we were fortunate enough to have the Chamber name us the ‘Small Business of the Year’. It was great publicity. Even better, we won some good new accounts as a direct result.”
- Tim Simpson
Saline Area Chamber of Commerce
"Where People and Business Meet for a Better Community"
141 E. Michigan Avenue, Suite B
Saline, MI 48176-0198
With all Saline has to offer, it’s no wonder Bloomberg Businessweek named Saline "The Best Place to Raise Kids" in the State of Michigan for 2013.