Market Van Buren Gifted $10K Grant From Consumers Energy Foundation

The Business Resilience Program through Market Van Buren has a substantive new gift to help sustain operations of the program in Van Buren County thanks to Consumers Engergy.

The Consumers Energy Foundation had delivered a $10,000 grant to Market Van Buren, a unit of Kinexus Group, designed to support small businesses throughout Van Buren County.

The grant will support implementation of a Business Resilience Program for small business owners impacted by COVID-19. Staff at Market Van Buren will work with those small businesses on developing a resilience plan that encompasses areas such as:

  • Talent pipeline
  • Supply chain management
  • Communication
  • Online presence
  • Resource availability
  • Succession planning
  • Retooling opportunities

Brandon Hofmeister, President of the Consumers Energy Foundation, says, “Small businesses form the backbone of our state’s economy, and we at Consumers Energy are working every day to help them until Michigan defeats the pandemic.” He adds, “We are happy to work with local economic development organizations that know their communities’ needs best and are making sure our new contributions are having the biggest impact.”

Market Van Buren Executive Director, Zach Morris, says, “Small businesses in Van Buren County have a continued need for support as they progressively reopen and simultaneously prepare for unanticipated challenges. I am excited about collaborating with small business owners to create a resilience plan that helps support them now and in the years to come.”

Small business owners in Van Buren County are encouraged to reach out to Zach Morris for more information at (269) 519-6142 or via email at

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the charitable arm of Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider. The Consumers Energy Foundation enables communities to thrive and grow by investing in what’s most important to Michigan – its people, the planet and Michigan’s prosperity. In 2019, the Consumers Energy Foundation, Consumers Energy and its employees and retirees contributed more than $11.5 million to Michigan nonprofits. For more information about the Consumers Energy Foundation, you can visit online at the link below:

Market Van Buren, a subsidiary of Kinexus Group, is an economic development organization dedicated to the advancement of economic growth in Van Buren County. The organization was formed to bring the public and private sectors together to advance the economic interests of Van Buren County. For more information, you can “like” Market Van Buren on Facebook or visit online at :

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