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Northwest Host

Become our Northwest Region Host!

Grand Valley State University is accepting competitive proposals for a regional host organization for its Small Business Development Center Northwest Region.

Eligible host organizations include:

  • Fully accredited institutions of higher education such as community colleges, public and private universities, and state colleges;
  • Private nonprofit corporations engaged in economic development activities;
  • Local counties or municipalities that have pre-existing community/economic development departments and/or programs; and
  • Public economic development institutions such as workforce investment boards and economic development corporations.

Becoming part of the MI-SBDC Network leads to new partnership opportunities within the small business and academic ecosystem, infusion of federal funds for business service activities, sponsorship opportunities, access to SBDC-specific resources including a proprietary client and economic impact tracking system, proprietary and complimentary industry research tools and experts, and increased visibility for host organizations.

Small Business Development Centers provide direct and measurable economic benefits to the communities they serve. Established during the Carter administration, the SBDC program is the largest federally-designated technical assistance program focused on supporting startup and growing small businesses in all fifty states and U.S. territories. SBDC host organizations join a “family” of experts who are willing to share advice, resources and help local business assistance providers focus on what they do best—growing great local companies!

Service Territory 

This RFP is issued for small business assistance delivered in Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford counties and for services to be available to all startup and existing small business in the county.

There was a Pre-Bid Meeting via Zoom on Tuesday March 14, 2023 from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST. Use code: 6.%d9rhD  click here to listen

Proposals must be submitted no later than Friday April 14, 2023 at 5:00 pm EDT by email to smalligk@gvsu.ed