Small Business Resources
Here is a comprehensive list of small business resources for all types of entrepreneurs. We’ve provided contact information and a quick overview of each organization. Please feel free to contact them directly. If you would like any other resources added here, or find this information is in need of an update, contact us today.
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The Johnson Center for Philanthropy is a university-based academic center serving nonprofits, foundations, and others that seek to transform their communities for the common good, and is adapting constantly to changing conditions. They do this through applied research, professional development, and the advancement of social technologies.
The mission of the Great Lakes Entrepreneur’s Quest, and its competition, is to continually encourage and educate entrepreneurs on the creation, start up and early growth stages of high-growth businesses within the state of Michigan. This will be accomplished by linking entrepreneurs pursuing high-growth opportunities with access to a statewide network of community resources, expert advice, high quality education, management talent and capital at every stage of development.
GLEQ’s competition will provide a venue for feedback from successful entrepreneurs and investors on ideas and plans submitted and will recognize the most promising entrepreneurs and their businesses.
The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce has been helping West Michigan businesses connect, grow and succeed for more than 120 years. Though the area’s largest employers are among our 2,800 members, more than 80% of members are small companies with 50 or fewer employees.
This guide includes resources and city requirements for a typical business and may not be exhaustive. The absence of an item from this guide does not constitute a waiver. While some links to external web pages are included for convenience, it remains the business owner’s responsibility to communicate with and meet the requirements of all relevant local, state, and federal agencies.
The Small Business Resource Center provides the timely and reliable business information you need to start, manage and grow your business. You will find designated workspace and Internet access, specialized business databases, fax and copier access, plus librarians to help guide you through the stages of small business research. Use the Center to write your business plan, target new customers, find sources of financing and much more!
We’re a portal to the best resources for business assistance in the area. Use the site tools and directory of our partner organizations to identify and locate the specific resources you need—from business planning to product research & development to financial management. Begin with the Continuum of Care tool to determine what stage your business is in and the organizations available to support your growth. It’s simple—and quick!
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United Way is in the unique position of being able to connect people through giving, volunteering and advocating to make a difference in our community. They focus their energy in identifying underlying problems and knocking down barriers to create opportunities in education, health and income. They work closely with other community organizations to not only address problems in these three critical areas, but to uncover the causes, with a goal of helping people make permanent, lasting changes that will truly improve their lives.
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“Revitalizing neighborhoods through authentic engagement, stimulating economic development, expanding housing opportunities, creating affordable housing, and developing leadership and capacity of residents and grass-root organizations.”
949 Wealthy SE, Ste 201
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Local First is the premier organization advocating for local business ownership in the Midwest. The nonprofit is divided into two complementary entities: a Local First membership organization representing nearly 600 locally owned businesses; and the Local First Educational Foundation, educating the community on the importance of supporting local businesses.
Now is the perfect time to begin your business relationship with Michigan. Michigan Business One Stop is here to help. It’s easy, fast and simple. One location for eRegistration for Michigan taxes, permits, human services and many other state level resources for businesses in Michigan.
Official State of Michigan Website
Michigan Retailers Association
603 South Washington Ave
Lansing, MI 48933
You’ll find seminars, webinars, business resources and information for retailers of all shapes and sizes here in the State of Michigan.
The Michigan Retailers Association is the unified voice of Michigan’s retail industry and a trusted resource for all types of businesses. Retailers provide more than $100 billion worth of goods and services annually to consumers in Michigan and employ 450,000 Michiganians.
By aggregating the purchasing power of nearly 5,000 member businesses and their more than 15,000 stores and websites, MRA is able to negotiate better prices and rates on a wide range of business services — everything from “no hidden fees” expert credit card processing to Retailers Mutual workers’ comp and dental insurances to discounts on the natural gas you use in your business and
Michigan Nonprofit Association serves nonprofits to advance their missions. Our Membership is open to all Michigan nonprofit/tax exempt organizations. For-profit businesses and government entities may join as affiliate members. Click here for more information about membership.
510 W. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
The Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (MI-SBDC) is the Feet on the Street serving small business. Last year the SBTDC statewide network provided counseling, training and market research assistance to nearly 16,000 small businesses in Michigan.
The Michigan Women’s Foundation seeks to help women and girls:
– achieve economic justice
– experience their communities as safe places
– value and have equal access to education and training
– address gender discrimination in all forms
– transform society
Michigan Women’s Marketplace
Subsidiary of Center for Empowerment & Economic Development
33109 Schoolcraft Rd
Livonia, MI 48150
Michigan Women’s Marketplace is a first-class women’s information and education site, with multiple partners and associates providing a wealth of information to help maintain and grow our women businesses.
Neighborhood Ventures focuses on the strategic priorities of business recruitment/retention/expansion and business corridor organizing.
Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business AdministrationSCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small business start, grow and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration
Programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed.
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country. The EBV is designed to open the door to business ownership for our veterans.
V-WISE is committed to women Veterans by providing them the tools to become successful entrepreneurs.
Web-based business training for National Guard and reserve members as well as their family members.
We created Start Garden as a platform for a lot of ideas to start moving forward. From those, some turn into projects. From those projects, some turn into a startup businesses. From those small businesses, some grow into big businesses. It’s about focusing on the next step, and not despising the small ones.
The Startup America Partnership is based on a simple premise: young companies that grow create jobs. As a core American value, entrepreneurship is critical to the country’s long term success and it’s time to step up our game.
The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to working with all members of the community to increase the economic advancement of Hispanic owned businesses and to assist in the professional growth of Hispanic business leaders in West Michigan.
Women’s Resource Center
Riverview Center South
678 Front Ave NW Suite 180
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Women’s Resource Center fulfills its mission “to improve women’s workplace and economic opportunities” by walking along with women who are journeying the path to economic independence by improving their employment situation. They provide mentoring services, resume-writing support, career planning, job search resources, skill-building classes and a clothing closet to help women who are seeking employment.