Uplift Michigan™ is more than a program. It’s a strategic movement designed to ensure equitable access for all diverse entrepreneurs across Michigan.
It’s a Fact!
Despite the many barriers that historically marginalized entrepreneurs face, small businesses in underserved communities contribute a significant portion to Michigan’s economy and often act as the economic lifeblood to the local community.
Building a path to success for minority and underrepresented small businesses is more than the right thing to do. It’s good for Michigan.
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Uplift Michigan™ Programs
Check out the Michigan SBDC’s current Uplift Michigan programming happening in your area!
90-day Business Refinement Program: Currently active in Bay County
BBCetc’s MI Catalyst Advantage Network (MI-CAN) – Currently active statewide
Uplift Michigan – Macomb County – Fall Cohort 2023
Uplift Michigan – Upper Peninsula & Northwest Region
Uplift Michigan – Greater Muskegon Area
Uplift Michigan – Lake Huron Region – Spring Cohort 2023
Uplift Michigan – PITCH BLACK
Uplift Michigan – PITCH BLACK Grand Rapids
We define a holistic inclusion strategy for minorities and underrepresented to include BIPOC, immigrants, refugees, women, disabled, Native Americans, LBGTQ, veterans, returning citizens, and the economically disadvantaged among other groups in the underrepresented classification. We offer culturally and linguistically inclusive resources and expert consultants with cultural competency to build trust and ensure learning success.
Uplift Michigan addresses 3 critical barriers to economic inclusion
Our one-to-one support and education will develop your financial literacy skills, business plans, and guidance with funding applications and loan preparation.
Connect to our wide network of professionals who can help support your entrepreneurial journey each step of the way.
Team up with our business experts that can support you at every stage of the business lifecycle to help your business grow.
What the SBDC did for me was help me focus on what my business actually is, where my profit margins will be, and where my audience is.Ty Gray-El, TyGrayEl LLC
The Michigan SBDC has resources and training available specifically for underrepresented small businesses, including materials that are available in Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. Check out our on-demand webinars, or download free resources that can help you start and scale your business.
Be a Part of Uplift Michigan
By starting and growing a strong business, you can be an important part of your community’s economic vitality. You can participate whether this is your first time to the SBDC or you are already an SBDC client!
About the National Inclusivity Challenge
The Michigan SBDC is a part of the America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) Network. The ASBDC created a nationwide Inclusivity Challenge for all its network and partners as a long-term commitment to economic inclusion and empowerment for the underserved small business community.
The Inclusivity Challenge is a nationwide, long-term commitment by the America’s Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) Network and its partners that builds upon existing efforts to help underserved and minority small business communities establish a clear path to empowerment and continued economic and community prosperity.
“SBDCs have always focused on ensuring and expanding their outreach to underserved communities. The Inclusivity Challenge is a logical extension of those efforts.” Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO, America’s SBDC
The Challenge to SBDC’s across the country:
- Critically Examine: communities within the SBDC’s service region that are underserved.
- Identify: communities where the SBDC can deepen capacity to have meaningful results.
- Expand: culturally and linguistically sensitive services tailored to achieving results.
- Share Impact: data to demonstrate the SBDC’s role in making a difference in underserved communities.
The Michigan SBDC has answered the challenge by launching Uplift Michigan, a movement designed to engage the entire small business ecosystem to close the gap in economic inclusion and ensure success for underrepresented entrepreneurs across Michigan.