Back to the top

Who We Are

We’re here to help you succeed.

The Michigan Small Business Development Center provides consulting, business education and market research to help small businesses launch, grow, transition and innovate.

The Michigan SBDC enhances Michigan’s economic wellbeing by providing consulting, training and market research for new ventures, existing small businesses and advanced technology companies.

With ten offices across the state, we provide entrepreneurs and business owners with convenient access to free consulting and training throughout Michigan.

The Michigan SBDC is committed to fostering and sustaining a culture of inclusion through equitable outreach and service to Michigan’s diverse business community.

Our Leadership Team

Our team is united by a common theme: love for Michigan small businesses! Meet the leaders committed to making a difference for businesses like yours.

Entire SBDC team photo in beautiful green scenery

Our Partners

All of this small business support—for free? Yes, you read that right. 

Thanks to federal and state funding from the U.S. Small Businesses Administration, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and our local hosts, we’re able to offer high-quality consulting and resources to you at no cost.

There’s no need to travel—Michigan SBDC consultants are located throughout the state. Our strategic partnerships allow us to provide local solutions to your small business no matter where you are in the Mitten.

Our 2020 Impact

Building icon, blue

8,778

Michigan Businesses Received SBDC Consulting

406

New Businesses Started

People icon, blue

1,778

Jobs Created

$241

Million in Capital Formation

Advisory Board

Our advisory board understands Michigan’s economy and works hard every day to spur it toward success. We collaborate with representatives from local chambers of commerce, educational institutions, professional associations and economic development organizations.

Jeffrey Blohm, BCP, Owner & President
Carla Walker-Miller, Walker-Miller Energy, Chief Executive Officer
Sara Scheffer, Corp! Magazine, Vice President, Operations
Elissa Sangalli, Northern Initiatives, President & CEO
Robert McKee, PNC Bank, Senior Vice President
Erin Strang, CMU Research Center, President & CEO
Jim Baker, Michigan Technological University, Associate Vice President
Laketa Henderson, U.S. Small Business Administration (District Director), District Director, SBA
Fred Molnar, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Phil Tepley, Michigan Small Business Development Center, Technology Commercialization Director
J.D., Collins, Michigan Small Business Development Center, State Director