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Owning a small business isn’t a job.
It’s a calling.

Our best advice? Don’t try to do it alone. Wherever you are on your entrepreneurial journey, the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is here to help.


You can’t Google everything. When you need to talk with an expert, that’s where the Michigan SBDC comes in.Sean Gartland, Feast Gourmet Kitchen Shop

 No-Cost Small Business Development Services, Resources & Tools

Our mission is to help your Michigan small business succeed so we offer free support with small business consulting, tools and resources. Provided or developed by experts, each one is geared to help you with a key aspect of Michigan entrepreneurship.

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Growth Services for Established Small Businesses

If you have 10 or more employees and $1 million or more in revenue, our growth team can help you further your success by strategizing and guiding your ongoing growth.

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Market Research Services

Better understand your market, your target audience, and Search Engine Optimization (SEO) so you can make decisions that drive interest in your products or services, improve customer loyalty, and move your business forward — all for free.

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Cybersecurity Resources

While safety from cybersecurity issues can never be guaranteed, you and your customers will benefit from the peace of mind that comes with understanding how to protect your Michigan small business. For monthly cybersecurity updates, join our Security Bytes e-newsletter here.

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Export Services

Interested in expanding your small Michigan business to the global marketplace? Want to export goods internationally? We offer free export services to help you with everything from business planning to landed cost estimates.

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Support for Advanced Tech Businesses

Are you a Michigan tech startup looking to commercialize an advanced technology? We can connect you with consultants with first-hand experience to help you with funding, launching, and more.

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Get small business advice wherever, whenever from our experienced team of small business experts. Our business education library is full of both live and on-demand content to help you start and grow your business.

One-On-One Small Business ConsultingOne-On-One Small Business Consulting

Our team provides support through the full lifecycle of your business: start, scale, and sell. Your Michigan SBDC small business consultant will meet you where you’re at and help you reach your goals through personalized business coaching, all at no cost to you.

Small Business Help at Any Stage

Whether you’re still ideating your small business or are ready to sell it, we’re here to help at any point in the lifecycle of your business.

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I Want to Start a Small Business

Partner with our certified small business consultants to learn everything you need to know about how to start and operate a small business in Michigan.

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I Want to Grow my Small Business

When you need the space to work ON your business rather than IN your business, the Michigan SBDC is here to help. Scale effectively with the guidance of our team.

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I’m Thinking of Selling my Small Business

If you’re looking to create a succession plan for business ownership or an exit strategy, our team is equipped to help you through this stage of the entrepreneurial life cycle.

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Additional Small Business Resources

Does your business have a cybersecurity plan?

Learn best practices and take a free cybersecurity assessment.

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Michigan SBDC QuickBooks Webinar Series

If you could use some help when it comes to accounting, payroll, invoicing, inventory, budgeting, or with other financials, then we’ve got a free webinar series designed for you!

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Owning a small business isn’t a job.

No school can prepare you for it. No book has the answers.
It’s an education of trial and error, risk and reward. It’s about having the courage to jump. But the wins are indescribable.

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We’ve helped others navigate. We can help you, too.
We’ll guide you with the right tools, questions, and advice. At just the right time. Whether you’re deep into your journey or just getting started. We’re here to help you find answers.

It’s a calling.