Young Suzuki grew up picking cotton and later worked as an apprentice in a loom factory. When electric power became more commonly available, demand for looms increased and in 1908, 21 year old Michio decided to go out on his own. He turned the silkworm house his family gave him into a workshop and made a loom from wood and iron for his mother. Its innovative design allowed her to weave ten times faster than before.
Michio Suzuki entered Suzuldshiki Shokki Kaisha (Suzuki-System Weaving Machinery Manufacturing Company) (1920). Became president of Suzuki Jidosha Kogyo Kaisha (Suzuki Motorcar Industry Company) and director of Nihon Boshokuki Kyokai (Japan Spinning & Weaving Machinery Association). Held additional post of director of Hamamatsu Chamber of Commerce & Industry.