DMAP sources the services of able consultants or experts across different knowledge areas to assist the program’s clients, both companies and communities, to take the next steps towards stabilization and growth. Through the DMAP process, we help small and mid-size firms and communities identify and develop projects to improve firm sales or bring around economic development in the community. DMAP does not execute these projects itself, but contracts third-party service providers such as your organization to work directly with our clients.

DMAP, along with other programs housed at (the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan), has extensive experience working with private sector consultants, trainers, and other public services organizations for over 30 years. Our program supports a wide range of projects each year throughout Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. Some examples of projects DMAP and similar programs have executed in the past are listed below.

Projects for Client Firms

Strategic Development

  • Business Plan Creation
  • Executive Coaching
  • Governance
  • Human Resources and Staffing
  • Workforce Capability Training
  • Succession Planning

Marketing and Sales

  • Internal and External Sales Strategy
  • Sales Training
  • Website Redesign/ Development
  • Market Research
  • Video Development
  • Brand Creation
  • Advertising (Digital and Print)
  • Trade Show Preparation
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Lead Generation

Quality Systems

  • Process Improvements
  • Compliance, Certification or Recertification Assistance (ISO, AS9100)
  • Evaluation and Auditing
  • Training and Management


  • Cost Accounting
  • Cash Flow Projection
  • Business Valuation
  • Costing
  • Auditing
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Investment Strategies
  • Tax Planning
  • New Capital Sourcing

Manufacturing Process

  • Capacity Planning and Utilization
  • Plant Layout and Floor Planning
  • Inventory Management
  • Lean Manufacturing and Mentoring
  • MRP/ERP System Installation and Training
  • Software Development/ Deployment
  • System Design and Integration
  • Product Design, Development and Improvement
  • Supply Chain and Procurement
  • Project Management
  • Operational Efficiency

Projects for Client Communities

  • Branding and Marketing Strategy
  • Regional Economic Development Plan
  • Business Case Study for Economic Development Project
  • Feasibility Study for Economic Development Initiative
  • Marketing Study for Economic Development   Diversification
  • Housing and Tourism Development Studies

Project Funding

DMAP provides firms with monetary assistance for their projects, requiring firms to match a certain percentage of project costs, thus making important project initiatives more affordable. For communities, DMAP sponsors the entire project, although communities are welcome to spend more for larger projects. All projects are competitively bid, and proposals and quotes are evaluated by both the DMAP team and the client firm or community using a set evaluation criteria. These criteria are shared with you, the potential consultant, on the Request for Proposal (RFP) document that we send to you. The selection process heavily weights background, expertise, and the impact of past engagements. Learn more about our program and process here.

We are eager to be introduced to experts who share our mission to serve small and mid-size manufacturers and communities that are facing unprecedented challenges. Please reach out to us here to learn more about the program and express interest in bidding on future projects with DMAP.