Belle Isle Park is the new place for business


Belle Isle Park is generating a lot of interest these days and most recently, more than 225 people representing 100 companies – including 66 headquartered in the city of Detroit – turned out to learn how to become a Belle Isle Park contractor.

The free half-day seminar, “Selling to the State Parks and the State of Michigan,” was held February 21 at the Belle Isle Casino and sponsored by The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in partnership with the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) and the D2D program of DEGC.

Speakers from the state organizations explained how businesses bid on construction and capital outlay contracts; the ins and outs of Request for Proposal (RFP) documents; and how contracts are written to authorize private business operations on state land.

“The seminar was very effective in giving business owners an in-depth look at the opportunities to do business with the new management of Belle Isle, and the new processes they’ll need to follow,” said Richard King, region director, Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC). He plans to share the seminar information with SBDC clients.

“The good thing is, everything that is required for Belle Isle is required for all state parks, so Detroit business owners will have prospects well beyond just Belle Isle,” King added.

Attendees were able to network and meet the new Belle Isle staff, as well as learn what new projects are forthcoming to improve the infrastructure and overall visitor experience on the island.

On March 18th and 25th, D2D will host its two-day “Supplier Capacity Building Series” of interactive trainings for Detroit-based construction firms looking to grow their business. Participants will learn the concepts and skills they’ll need to meet increased procurement demands and win contracts. For more information, visit

Brian Watkins
Business Development Manager

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