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Michigan SBDC In the News

Please see below for a list of recent media and press mentions of the MI-SBDC

Local chamber becomes affiliate location to help small businesses

May 24, 2024

The local Fenton & Linden Regional Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Genesee Economic Development Group to help small businesses in Genesee County by becoming an affiliate location for the new Flint & Genesee Small Business Support Hub.

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Small business awards highlight Lansing area talent

Several Mid-Michigan businesses were called up to center stage to be recognized for showcasing economic growth in the state Tuesday night. The 20th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards gala brought together fun and advocacy to the Breslin Center at Michigan State University.

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Commemorating 20 Years of Michigan Celebrates Small Business

May 22, 2024

Whether shopping locally at a favorite boutique, planning a weekend getaway up north, or meeting friends for a meal at a neighborhood restaurant, small businesses play more than a supporting role in our lives – they’re a main character. As the connective thread of our communities, small businesses are also critical to Michigan’s growing economy. In fact, the state is home to over 900,000 small businesses, with 1.9 million small business employees, and more than 99% of Michigan businesses are defined as small businesses with fewer than 500 employees.

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Sault Tribe Thrive unveils new business center, grant programs serving the U.P.

May 22, 2024

Small business proponents from across the U.P. were on hand this month to help Sault Tribe Thrive, a minority business development agency, kick off a new grant program at the grand opening of its new business center. The agency provides business support to Sault Tribe citizen-owned businesses and business owners throughout seven counties in the Upper Peninsula. The Sault Tribe Business center is open to the general public and the office space is free to use for Sault Tribe Thrive members.

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Small business awards highlight Lansing area talent

May 21, 2024

Several Mid-Michigan businesses were called up to center stage to be recognized for showcasing economic growth in the state Tuesday night. The 20th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards gala brought together fun and advocacy to the Breslin Center at Michigan State University.

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Q&A: Karena Hamlet on the new Flint & Genesee Small Business Support Hub

May 14, 2024

Thanks to a nearly $2.4 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation – the team is broadening its reach and impact as the administrator of the new Flint & Genesee Small Business Support Hub. To learn more about the hub and what it entails, the AND editorial team recently sat down with Karena Hamlet, program director of Business Services at the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance.

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Sandlot Sports Recognized as Michigan Celebrates Awardee

May 9, 2024

Sandlot Sports, a custom screen printing, embroidery, and promotional company that specializes in spiritwear, team uniforms, corporate workwear, and event T-shirts, has been recognized as one of the 2024 awardees for the Michigan 50 Companies to Watch Award, presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. Sandlot Sports will be acknowledged on-stage at the awards ceremony during the 20th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business Gala on May 21.

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Pure Lansing : The TREK Small Business Support Hub, A First-Of-Its-Kind Initiative In The Lansing Region Powered By LEAP, Launches One-Stop-Shop For Entrepreneurs

May 9, 2024

The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is thrilled to announce the launch of its TREK Small Business Support Hub (Tri-County Resource for Entrepreneurs and Knowledge), a comprehensive resource center designed to provide small businesses and entrepreneurs in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham Counties with easy access to vital programs and grants.

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FDIC Hosts Webinar Supporting Small Business Development Centers in Michigan

April 19, 2024

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is hosting a webinar focusing on the role that Small Business Development Centers serve. During National Small Business Week, this event will promote the work of Michigan’s Small Business Development Centers and spotlight programs effectively helping small businesses. This will be an opportunity to hear about the efficacy of local programs, identify ways to assist businesses owned by black and brown people, and identify collaborative opportunities that support business owners seeking to launch, grow, and finance their capital needs in Michigan.

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Free small business resource and financing fair coming to GR

May 1, 2024 

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Spotlight: Michigan’s Small Business Support Empowers Entrepreneurs

April 29, 2024

May is Small Business Month, but the Michigan Economic Development Corporation celebrates the contributions of small businesses all year long. While the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recognizes and supports Michigan’s small businesses year-round, Small Business Month – celebrated annually during the month of May – is an opportunity to put a bigger spotlight on these important fixtures in our state. 

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Lenawee Now forms partnerships to expand Small Business Support Hubs across region

April 29, 2024

Grant funding recently awarded to Lenawee Now, a nonprofit private-public partnership that drives economic opportunity in Lenawee County, will help the organization expand some of its available services both locally and into neighboring Hillsdale County.

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Fueling growth: The Flint & Genesee Small Business Support Hub

April 25, 2024

The Grand Blanc View, The Burton View, Flint Township View, The Flushing View, The Davison Index

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a kick-off meeting for the Flint & Genesee Small Business Support Hub. This is a new program administered by the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance with partners including Doxa Development, Metro Community Development, and the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC). The goal of the hub, which is supported by a nearly $2.4 million, three-year grant, is to provide comprehensive resources to small businesses throughout Genesee County.

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Flint & Genesee entrepreneurs, small business owners can now plug into new support hub

April 24, 2024

A new program in Genesee County aims to be the ultimate small business resource. Led by the Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance, the new Flint & Genesee Small Business Support Hub provides comprehensive resources and support at no cost to entrepreneurs and small business owners in Genesee County.

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To the rescue?: Businesses hear about aid after winter slump

April 20, 2024

 At a presentation Friday, Houghton County business owners heard about a recently opened Small Business Administration disaster loan program and other programs that could assist them in keeping their business going after an uncommonly warm winter.

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5 great ice cream shops to try in Jackson County

April 17, 2024

As Jacksonians look out their windows, they can see leaves growing on trees and the sun setting later in the evening. As the weather warms up, many are craving the taste of ice cream. Whether you prefer a sundae or a classic cone, here are 5 great places to get ice cream in Jackson County.

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Small business consultants empower Thumb-area entrepreneurs to achieve success

April 17, 2024

Entrepreneurs and small business owners in Thumb area are receiving support and guidance from the Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC), empowering them to navigate challenges and achieve significant growth in a competitive business environment. The MI-SBDC, equipped with a team of highly skilled and experienced business consultants, provides no-cost and confidential counseling services tailored to entrepreneurs at all stages of business development — from inception to expansion. Through personalized coaching, workshops, and webinars, entrepreneurs gain essential skills and the confidence required to overcome obstacles and capitalize on opportunities.

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Tuscola, Sanilac County business consultants rejoin MI-SBDC, hope to grow Thumb area business success

April 16, 2024

Two local business consultants have rejoined the state’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to help business owners in the Thumb area achieve success. Lisa Kenny and Kris Reinelt have recently rejoined the MI-SBDC team, bringing a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of entrepreneurship to the Thumb Area. Lisa Kenny will be serving Huron and Sanilac counties, while Kris Reinelt will be serving Lapeer and Tuscola counties.

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MEDC and the Michigan SBDC will Host a SBA Community Meeting at the Lakeshore Center

April 16, 2024

Houghton County businesses in need of assistance due to the impact of the winter’s mild weather can learn more about the SBA loan program soon. This Friday the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Small Business Development Center will host a community briefing on Houghton.

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Michigan SBDC Hosts Free Small Business Resource And Financing Fair May 2

April 12, 2024

Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to the second annual Small Business Resource and Financing Fair from noon to 4:00 p.m. Thursday, May 2 at the Goei Center, 818 Butterworth St. SW, in Grand Rapids. The free event is organized by the Michigan SBDC and takes place during National Small Business Week. Register to attend.

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Michigan Cream & Sugar turning tastebuds

April 4, 2024

Michigan Cream & Sugar Ice Cream Company is making quite a name for itself as a popular Uptown Bay City retail shop.

Noted for its small-batch, locally-sourced ice cream, the store recently kicked off spring (well, that’s what the calendar says, anyway) with a one-day promotion, “Stuff Your Stanley,” that saw hundreds of ice cream lovers stand in line for the chance to have their tumbler filled with four generous scoops of ice cream.

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SH company honored by Small Business Development Center

March 24, 2024

A long-time South Haven business is among 11 companies throughout the state that will be honored as a “Best Small Business” by the Michigan Small Business Development Center.

Jensen’s Excavating Inc. will be honored during the 20th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards ceremony, May 21, according to a news release from the Small Business Development Center.

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PRATTScape’s to receive Best Small Business award

March 23, 2024

PRATTScape’s Antique and Gift Shop, located in Harborside Center in Alpena, is one of 11 Michigan Small Business Development Center clients that will receive a Best Small Business award this year.

The Best Small Business awardees are selected by regional offices for demonstrating significant success in small business growth and community impact.

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2024 MICHIGAN CELEBRATES SMALL BUSINESS AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

March 22, 2024

The 2024 list of Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) award winners is out and four are included from Southwest Michigan.

Congratulations to Hanson International of St. Joseph and The Children’s Center in Niles for being named among the 2024 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch. Congratulations also for Jensen’s Excavating, Inc for receiving the Michigan Small Business Development Center’s Best Small Business award, and to 4 Flutes Machining in Vicksburg for the APEX Accelerator Best Small Businesses award.

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Chelsea’s FarmSudz: One of the Best Small Businesses

March 21, 2024

FarmSudz in Chelsea is being recognized for its success as a small business and its positive community impact. This local business in downtown Chelsea has been honored by the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and was selected as part of its 2024 “Best Small Businesses” list.

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Alpena retailer to receive Best Small Business award

March 21, 2024

An Alpena retailer will be honored this spring with a Best Small Business award at the 20th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards Gala.

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Good Day Northern Michigan, Friday, March 15

March 15, 2024

The Michigan Small Business Development Center is launching a round of free webinars, Ed Garner shares more details.

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MSBDC Celebrates Eighth Annual SBDC Day March 20

March 15, 2024

 In concert with the nearly 1,000 Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) across the nation, the Michigan SBDC will celebrate SBDC Day Wednesday, March 20, 2024. SBDC Day is a national, collective proclamation of the impact America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) have on the success of our nation’s dreamers, innovators and doers – America’s small businesses.

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Fostering Success for Black-Owned Businesses

March 13, 2024

In May 2022, Governor Whitmer joined the MEDC to announce that Michigan was approved for up to $236,990,950 in State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funding from the U.S. Department of Treasury.

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Small business owners learn about support options after mild winter

 

March 13, 2024

The Michigan Small Business Development Center held a community briefing for Munising business owners at Gallery Coffee Company on Wednesday.

Michigan SBDC representatives are traveling through the U.P. this week. The information sessions are to help small business owners impacted by the mild winter understand what services are available to support them.

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DBusiness Daily Update: MGM Grand Detroit Joins New Hospitality Collection, and More

March 11, 2024

Our roundup of the latest news from metro Detroit and Michigan businesses as well as announcements from government agencies. To share a business or nonprofit story, please send us a message.

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Free consultation services available for area small businesses

March 7, 2024

The Michigan Small Business Development Center (MSBDC) recently announced certified small business consultant Lisa Kenny will be heading up its services in both Huron and Sanilac counties.

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Lack of Snow Relief

March 4, 2024 | Gov. Whitmer encourages weather-affected businesses to apply for federal aid 

In light of this year’s lack of snow and warm winter, federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available in 42 Michigan counties. 

March 4, 2024 | Businesses impacted by record-high winter temperatures encouraged to apply for federal loan 

Small businesses impacted by lack of snow due to Michigan’s record-high winter temperatures are encouraged to apply for federal funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA). 

March 4, 2024 | Disaster aid available to Michigan businesses struggling with warm winter 

Michigan businesses impacted by record warm temperatures and a lack of snowfall can apply for federal disaster aid.  

March 5, 2024 | Michigan small businesses affected by lack of snow can apply for federal funding 

State Rep. Ken Borton on Tuesday encouraged small businesses experiencing financial hardships due to a historic lack of snow this winter to apply for federal funding through the Small Business Administration. 

March 5, 2024 | BERGMAN URGES SMALL BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY LACK OF SNOW TO APPLY FOR AVAILABLE FEDERAL LOANS 

As Michigan continues to face an unseasonably snowless winter, Representative Jack Bergman urges small businesses impacted by lack of snow to apply for federal funding from the Small Business Administration (SBA). 

March 5, 2024 | Small Businesses Impacted By Warm Winter Could Get Help 

Gov. Whitmer urges small businesses impacted by the lack of snow to apply for available federal funding. 

March 4, 2024 | Small businesses impacted by lack of snow urged to apply for federal funding 

Federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available because of ongoing federal drought declarations affecting 42 Michigan counties  

March 5, 2024 | No Snow Means Ski Slopes, Other Winter Sport Business Can Apply For Disaster Relief 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged small businesses that rely on snow to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans from the Small Business Administration because of drought in 42 counties. 

March 5, 2024 | Federal Loans available for lack-of-snow impacts 

Federal Loans available for lack-of-snow impacts.  

March 7, 2024 | Businesses hurt by lack of snow can get funding 

Businesses in Delta and Menominee counties that have been hurt by a lack of snow this winter are eligible to apply for federal funding because of their losses. 

March 7, 2024 | Michigan businesses affected by lack of snow this winter can apply for federal aid 

The state experienced its warmest winter on record this year, with temperatures in February and March reaching 60 degrees. 

How Cash Flow Problems Start and How to Fix Them

March 1, 2024

When you’re starting a business, you may think that growth is good. It can be.

But it can also be dangerous.

Rapid growth can leave your business struggling to hire employees or contractors and pay them on time, and you can find your business facing unexpected cash flow issues if customers pay slowly, or if expenses need to be paid before the money comes in.

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New Small Business Cohort program offers opportunities for entrepreneurs to grow their business

February 28, 2024

A new program has recently been launched that is poised to make a big impact on small businesses.

Facilitated through a collaborative effort spanning multiple counties, the Economic Development Alliance (EDA) of St. Clair County recently introduced the newly-formed Small Business Cohort program which is now open to applications from entrepreneurs eager to turn their business dreams into reality.

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Young entrepreneur balances college and two businesses

February 27, 2024

Erin Markovicz, a 2020 Grand Haven High School graduate, has always wanted to be a business owner. But she didn’t plan on owning two businesses by the age of 22.

Markovicz co-founded WoMa Bazaar, which officially started up in May 2022, to provide an “incubator space” to help other new businesses with the start-up process. Through WoMa Bazaar, short-term leases are given to new, college-aged entrepreneurs to test their business ideas and receive consulting.

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The Great Lakes Bay Small Business Hub receives federal entrepreneurial hub grant

February 22, 2024

The Great Lakes Bay Small Business Hub (GLBSBH) has been selected as one of 27 regional grantees to receive funding from the Small Business Support Hubs (SBSH) program, a pivotal initiative backed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).

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Event offers free resources for Black entrepreneurs

February 21, 2024

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A Black Entrepreneur Mixer event Tuesday night aimed to give small businesses the boost they need.

Grand Rapids could be an attractive city when it comes to programs to get information and money into the hands of Black entrepreneurs.

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Event provides free resources for Black entrepreneurs

February 20, 2024

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Black entrepreneur mixer event Tuesday night was aimed at getting small businesses the boost they need. Grand Rapids can be a lucrative city when it comes to programs to get information and money into the hands of Black entrepreneurs.

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Washtenaw County to Host Second Annual Small Business and Procurement Fair on March 15th, 2024

February 20, 2024

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI., February 13th, 2023 – The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development is hosting their second annual Small Business and Procurement Fair next month on Friday, March 15th. This year’s fair will connect local entrepreneurs with resources to help their business flourish.

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Michigan Small Business Development Center offers webinar on artificial intelligence for small businesses

February 20, 2024

Small business owners and the general public are invited to a free one-hour webinar hosted by the Michigan Small Business Development Center on Tuesday, February 20 at noon to discuss “Artificial Intelligence for Small Business.” This webinar aims to demystify AI, separating fact from fiction, and explore its potential practical applications.

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Jackson’s Lean Rocket Local program is making entrepreneur’s dreams a reality

February 19, 2024

McDevitt Elementary School has been vacant for the past 10 years, but will soon be a hub for small businesses, thanks to Alliance Service Brands. Nic LaPorte, a partner of Alliance Service Brands, could not have started this project without the knowledge he learned from the Lean Rocket Local program.

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MSBDC names LaSargeBono as Director of Finance and Grants

February 19, 2024

In her expanded role, LaSargeBono is responsible for the financial operations of the SBDC and strategic input as a member of the executive team. She will manage grants and compliance, financial reporting of regions, funds that provide grants to business accelerators and small businesses, and events.

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DBusiness Daily Update: St. Louis-based ARCO National Construction Opens Office in Southfield, and More

February 16, 2024

ARCO National Construction, a full-service design-build general contractor based in the St. Louis suburb of Richmond Heights, Mo., has opened an office in Southfield — ARCO National Construction | Detroit — at 26677 W. 12 Mile Road.

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Small Business and Industry Engagement Roundtable Announced With DOD and SBA Leaders

February 13, 2024

The Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs, in collaboration with the Small Business Administration, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Small Business Development Center, and the Schoolcraft College APEX Accelerator, invites media representatives to attend the Small Business & Industry Engagement Roundtable on February 16 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Schoolcraft College Vistatech Center, Livonia, MI.

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Michigan Small Business Development Center offering webinar on Artificial Intelligence for small businesses

February 17, 2024

Our roundup of the latest news from metro Detroit and Michigan businesses as well as announcements from government agencies. To share a business or nonprofit story, please send us a message.

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Weekly Update for Government Contractors and Commercial Businesses

February 15, 2024

The DOD’s Office of Small Business Programs, Small Business Administration, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Small Business Development Center, and the Schoolcraft College APEX Accelerator, invites media representatives to attend the Small Business & Industry Engagement Roundtable on February 16 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Schoolcraft College Vistatech Center, Livonia, Michigan.

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Washtenaw County to host second annual small business and procurement fair on March 15th, 2024

February 13, 2024

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI. – The Washtenaw County Office of Community and Economic Development is hosting their second annual Small Business and Procurement Fair next month on Friday, March 15th.

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Tech grad promoted to post at Michigan SBDC

February 13, 2024

GRAND RAPIDS, MI ­– The Michigan Small Business Development Center recently promoted Daniel Yoder to the position of Upper Peninsula Associate Regional Director. Yoder joined the Michigan SBDC in 2019 as a Senior Business Consultant.

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Small Business and Industry Engagement Roundtable Announced With DOD and SBA Leaders

February 12, 2024

The Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs, in collaboration with the Small Business Administration, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Small Business Development Center, and the Schoolcraft College APEX Accelerator, invites media representatives to attend the Small Business & Industry Engagement Roundtable on February 16 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Schoolcraft College Vistatech Center, Livonia, MI.

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Tech grad promoted to post at Michigan SBDC

February 10, 2024

The Michigan Small Business Development Center recently promoted Daniel Yoder to the position of Upper Peninsula Associate Regional Director. Yoder joined the Michigan SBDC in 2019 as a Senior Business Consultant.

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Daniel Yoder promoted to UP Associate Regional Director of Michigan SBDC

February 8, 2024

UPPER PENINSULA, Mich. (WLUC) – The Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has a new U.P. Associate Regional Director.

Daniel Yoder was appointed to the position in January. He joined the Michigan SBDC in 2019 as a Senior Business Consultant.

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Representative Phil Green Visits Kettering University, Commends Support to Higher Education and Small Businesses

February 5, 2024

FLINT, MI – January 22, 2024 – Representative Phil Green visited Kettering University to acknowledge the institution’s contributions to higher education and small businesses in the local community.

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MLK Corridor Improvement Authority announces new round of entrepreneurial fund grants

February 1, 2024

The MLK Corridor Improvement Authority recently announced the launch of a second wave of funding for the Entrepreneurial and Real Estate Fund, a grant initiative designed to revitalize Southside Jackson and stimulate business development throughout the Corridor.

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A helping hand for small businesses in the central U.P.

January 24, 2024

The central U.P. will soon be home to a new regional entrepreneurial hub, thanks to a $3.4 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

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Best Places for Breakfast in Michigan’s Huron County in the Upper Thumb

December 22,2023

Exploring Huron County’s best breakfast spots is a fun and delicious journey, especially with insights from locals who know the area best. Our readers have spoken, and we’ve compiled a list of must-visit spots for your morning cravings. From homemade doughnuts to chili cheese fries, here’s what Huron County has on its breakfast menu.

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The End of an Oryana Era: Sarah Christensen to replace Steve Nance as CEO

December 6, 2023

Steve Nance is proud of his work leading the Oryana Community Cooperative to becoming the largest in Michigan and a gold standard for co-ops across the country.

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Princess and the Hound wins $5,000 first prize in ‘Pitch Your Future’

And then there was one. Princess and the Hound, a mobile pet grooming salon, took home top honors and $5,000 as the winner of the inaugural Business by the Bay: Pitch Your Future event.

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Top small business grants in Michigan

November 23, 2023

Michigan has about 910,000 small business owners statewide who can apply for small business grants. Submitting an application and competing for Michigan small business grants can help you grow your small or medium-sized enterprise in the Wolverine State.

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How Technology Transforms Mobility in Michigan–and Beyond

November 21, 2023

Michigan, the state that has long been a leader in American manufacturing and automotive technology, is home to a new age of innovation. Here, artificial intelligence and machine learning are making the mobility industry smarter, safer, and more powerful. Predictive analytics is improving satellite communication and transforming space travel, and Michigan-based small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are leading the charge.

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MEDC provides $73 million to support entrepreneurship centers across the state

November 19, 2023

Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to announce that 27 organizations have been selected to serve as entrepreneurship hubs across the state of Michigan, providing comprehensive resources and support to the state’s small businesses.

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Ann Arbor SPARK And Partners Receive Maximum Grant Award

November 15, 2023

Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) on Nov. 9 to announce that 27 organizations, including Ann Arbor SPARK, have been selected to serve as entrepreneurial hubs across the state of Michigan, providing comprehensive resources and support to the state’s small businesses.

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Pure Lansing : LEAP Advances To Next Phase Of $3.5 Million Grant To Boost Entrepreneurship In The Tri-County Region

November 10, 2023

he Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP), in collaboration with the Lansing Regional SmartZone LDFA Board, has achieved a significant milestone by progressing to the next phase of a $3.5 million grant, dedicated to supporting entrepreneurship across the rural and urban Lansing three-county region.

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Bay City entrepreneurs pitch their dreams to a panel of judges in hopes of winning $5,000

November 9, 2023

The Business by the Bay: Pitch Your Future contest on Wednesday night ended with a princess and a hound winning $3,750 to build a mobile pet grooming business.

The final part of the Business By the Bay Competition – supported by Bay Future, Michigan Small Business Development Center, Huntington Bank, Bay County Growth Alliance, and Wildfire Credit Union – was held at the State Theatre.

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17 Things to Know BEFORE Moving to Michigan in 2023: Embracing the Great Lakes Lifestyle

November 6, 2023

Michigan, known as the Great Lakes State, is a place of natural beauty, economic opportunity, and cultural diversity. It’s essential to consider various factors before making the move. This post will guide you through the crucial aspects to consider, from the climate to the job market, ensuring you’re well-prepared for your transition to Michigan.

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Saginaw Soup winners take home $3K in prizes. See who they are.

November 5, 2023

SAGINAW, MI – For the second time this year, three Saginaw entrepreneurs have been named winners of the bi-annual Saginaw Soup business pitch competition.

The competition, which began in 2020, allows entrepreneurs, businesses and non-profit organizations to win cash prizes and other resources, such as pop-up shops at the SVRC Marketplace and business coaching.

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‘Business by the Bay: Pitch Your Future’ Nov. 8 at State Theatre in Bay City

October 23, 2023

Five local entrepreneurs will take center stage at the State Theatre in Bay City on Nov. 8 to present their future business plans to a panel of industry experts in an inaugural event called “Business by the Bay: Pitch Your Future.”

The event, the brainchild of Bay Future, Inc. and the Michigan Small Business Development Center, is designed to foster small business prosperity and economic growth opportunities within Bay County’s entrepreneurial community.

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SBDC | Support During Auto Negotiations

October 17, 2023

It’s a challenging time for small businesses affected by the ongoing auto industry negotiations, and the Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is here to help.

What it means: The Michigan SBDC offers no-cost consulting for suppliers, restaurant owners or dislocated workers interested in starting a business. Businesses affected by the negotiations will hear back within one business day.

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DBusiness Daily Update: Community Unity Bank Officially Opens Wednesday in Birmingham, and More

October 17, 2023
Michigan SBDC Offers No-cost ‘Forming Your LLC’ In-person Workshop

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to learn about and create their own limited liability company (LLC) business entity and how to file their articles of organization using the state of Michigan’s Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ (LARA) website at a no-cost in-person workshop from 6-7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Schoolcraft College in Livonia.

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Washtenaw County “microbusinesses” get mentoring, funding through Small Business Growth Activator

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Duane Pittman, CEO of Ann Arbor-based Vector Electric, Inc.,  saw an opportunity to offer something other businesses weren’t providing: advice on managing a federal government contract once you’ve won the bid.

A self-employed engineer since the mid-’70s, Pittman worked as an electrical contractor for the federal government up until COVID-19 hit. During the pandemic, he had time to reflect on his business plan and how to maximize his expertise now that, as he says, “it’s easier to get into government contracting than it used to be.”

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Nominations open for Michigan Celebrates Small Business 2024

LANSING—Nominations are now being accepted for the 2024 Michigan Celebrates Small Business awards program, a prestigious annual competition that recognizes successful growing businesses and their supporters. The winners will be honored at the 20th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards Gala May 21, 2024.

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A fledgling physician’s practice aims to offer health care via subscription in Flint

Dr. Aisha Harris, the owner of Harris Family Health on North Saginaw Street in downtown Flint, has perhaps the smallest clinic in Genesee County.

Its one room is 13 feet by 13 feet, or 169 square feet. There is one reclining chair for patients to sit in and be leaned back and examined. She has no receptionist and no assistants. The sign on the door proclaims no walk-ins allowed, appointments only.

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FREIGHTMINER’S NOVEL APPROACH TO AUTONOMOUS TRUCKING

At this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, artificial intelligence will no doubt take center stage. From Big Three showcases to startup technology like May Mobility, companies will be showing off the latest technology in autonomous driving.

There’s one company that’s taking it a step further.

FreightMiner, an early-stage startup based in Ann Arbor, is developing autonomous driving technologies that enable commercial fleet trucks to operate entirely without a driver.

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What’s that? Sweet new business is setting up shop in Freeland

FREELAND, MI — A Bay City-based bakery known for its best-selling Almond Joy cookies, jalapeno cheese bread, freshly-baked hot dog and burger buns, and grab-and-go meals like chicken pot pie and lasagna is expanding its sweet business into Saginaw County.

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13 Cost-Effective Strategies for Marketing Research on a Budget

Aug. 24, 2023

Small businesses often grapple with finding cost-effective market research strategies. To help them, we’ve gathered thirteen insightful strategies from professionals, including market research data analysts and CEOs. From leveraging online surveys for research to tapping into your existing customer base, these experts share their best tips for making informed marketing decisions.

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“Business by the Bay: Pitch Your Future” courts startups

Aug. 22, 2023

Bay Future and the Michigan Small Business Development Center are launching a new initiative aimed at helping turn dreams of owning your own business into a reality.

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How a laid-off autoworker found a village to launch his honey business

August 11, 2023 | By Tom Henderson at Crain’s Detroit

It may not take a village to raise a beehive, but it sure helps, says Jason Bey, owner of a Flint-based honey company called My Bees Nest LLC.

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40 Under 40 SBDC Trailblazers to be Recognized at the America’s SBDC Conference in Nashville, TN

August 7, 2023 by Cision PR Newswire

The America’s SBDC 40 Under 40 awards spotlight the extraordinary contributions of individuals under the age of 40 in the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network who have significantly contributed to their local networks and the small business landscape.

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How can you utilize The Small Business Administration (SBA) to Grow Your Business? Podcast on how to!

Posted on August 2, 2023

Today Jean will chat it up with Laketa Johnson, District Director for Michigan District Office on the programs and resources available for FREE to anyone who is interested in starting a new business, as well as current business owners looking for that edge to take their business to the next level.

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Kalamazoo’s RJ’s Printing legacy grows with new chapter and new owner

July 27, 2023 Second Wave Media Southwest Michigan – Mike Wenninger

Imagine being perfectly suited to take over a well-established, highly respected small business but you must first get over two big hurdles: arrange financing worth roughly a half-million dollars and deal with the restrictions of the COVID pandemic.

Sean Hollins of Kalamazoo got it done with help from financial organizations that exist for just this purpose — four such organizations in Hollins’ case.

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Michigan Business Network |Mackinac Policy Conference 23

July 2023 | by Michigan Business Beat

$5,000 top prize offered in Black business competition

June 14 WWZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — You still have until the end of the day, Friday, July 14 to submit your application for Pitch Black, a competition for Black business owners. The idea is to help them improve and sustain their companies with a little extra guidance.

How would you like a rich, pecan cake with a homemade pecan butter and cheesecake pudding in the middle, as well as toasted pecans and caramel sauce?

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AI webinar

GRAND RAPIDS — The Michigan Small Business Development Center offers the webinar “AI for Small Businesses: Empowering Growth and Efficiency” at 11 a.m. July 11.

Small business owners can learn how to use artificial intelligence (AI), related terms and more. Sign up at https://bit.ly/445I77E.

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Michigan EdTech Pitch Contest awards $22,000 to five education innovators

June 30, 2023 –

LANSING, Mich. — Edtech innovators from Spelling Safari have been chosen as the winners of the second annual Michigan EdTech Innovation Pitch Contest, sharing $22,000 in business startup grants and legal and creative startup assistance with four other finalists. The concepts developed from the final pitches will be used to improve Michigan classrooms through innovation, technology and firsthand educator experience.

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Crypto-mining student business honored with $10,000 award

June 28, 2023 | by WMU News

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University student entrepreneur Payton Walker, founder of CryptoShovel, recently won the Brian Patrick Thomas Entrepreneurial Spirit Award totaling $10,000. The award recognizes students in Starting Gate, Western Michigan University’s business accelerator, and specifically honors companies that have a great business model and a higher social purpose.

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Free, live webinar discusses being successful in the restaurant industry

June 19, 2023 | by WKTV staff

Small business owners and the general public are invited to a one-hour, no-cost Michigan SBDC webinar at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 20, to discuss “Thriving in the Restaurant Industry: Challenges and Opportunities.”

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Couple launches Ahh! Venture Cruise on Lake Macatawa in Holland

June 12, 2023 | by Madalyn Buursma

PARK TWP. — A local couple wants to share the joy of boating with their new private cruise business.

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Success Stories: Michigan Small Business Development Center’s
Impact on Local Enterprises

June 2, 2023 | by knbbs-sharer

Michigan Small Business Development Center is playing a vital role in the development of local enterprises by offering them various resources and assistance programs.

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County partner wins SBDC state star award

May 31, 2023 | by Macomb County Business

Julie Oldham has been awarded the prestigious Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) State Star Award by the SBDC.

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Sand Bay Marina wins small business award

May 6, 2023 | by Steve Schulwitz

ALPENA — A Presque Isle business was recognized for its service to the community by a state business collaborative earlier this week.

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Wood Shop Social is awarded 2023 Best Small Business at MCSB Gala

May 4, 2023 | by Courtney Jerome

On Tuesday, May 2, Mt. Pleasant restaurant Wood Shop Social was awarded as one of the 2023 Michigan SBDC Best Small Businesses at the 19th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business (MCSB) Gala for their positive impact.

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Mid-Michigan businesses Groovy Donuts, RJ’s Metropolitan Ice Cream recognized at gala

May 2, 2023 | by Kate Holloway

Donuts and ice cream will be two of mid-Michigan’s representatives at the annual Michigan Celebrates Small Businesses Awards Gala on Tuesday.

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Michigan Business Beat | J.D. Collins – SBDC Supporting Small Business and Michigan Celebrates!

May 1, 2023 | by Michigan Business Beat

Mid Michigan Businesses Don’t Have to Grow Alone No Cost Advice Available

April 13, 2023 | by Shawn Johnson

Tony Fox’s path to the Michigan Small Business Development Center at Mid Michigan College was “a little unexpected,” he says. As a youth growing up in Beale City, he learned firsthand the construction business while working in his father’s business.

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Access to credit may tighten, but Michigan banks maintain ‘strong’ health

April 11, 2023 | by Mark Sanchez

Michigan’s banking sector remains in good shape, despite the high-profile collapse last month of Silicon Valley Bank in California and New York’s Signature Bank that gave rise to concern about the state of the industry.

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Michigan Celebrates Small Business | Thumb Roast Coffee

April 4, 2023 | by Michigan Business Network

In a lead-up to the 2023 Michigan Celebrates Small Business Gala Celebration, Jeffrey Mosher spoke with several winning companies from this cycle. This year’s gala will take place at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, MI, on May 2nd!

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Bark River’s Eagle Link gets small business award

April 1, 2023 | by DailyPress

Eagle Link, LLC of 1364 Old US 2/41 Bark River has been recognized as one of the 2023 awardees for the Best Small Business Award, presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. Eagle Link, LLC will be acknowledged on stage at the in-person awards ceremony during the 19th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business Gala on May 2.

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2023 Michigan 50 Companies To Watch Generate $453 Million In Annual Revenue

March 28, 2023 | by Mike Brennan

The 2023 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch awardees are small and mighty, having generated significant economic impact across the state.

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Small business comes up big

March 28, 2023 | by Chloe Miller

RJ’s Metropolitan Ice Cream Co., 135 E. Michigan Ave., is among 11 businesses statewide being recognized by the Michigan Small Business Development Center.

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Small business comes up big

March 22, 2023 | by Mark Urban, The Record-Eagle, Traverse City, Mich.

The pandemic forced many a small Michigan business to shift gears. Hybrid Robotics took it a little more literal than some small companies.

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Small businesses: The heart of Michigan’s economy and communities

March 20, 2023 | by MEDC

Small businesses help to drive innovation, create jobs and contribute to the growth and vitality of communities everywhere.

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Have you visited Michigan’s sweet “Best Small Business” for 2023?

March 17, 2023 | by Laura Hardy

There’s something special about being a supporter of a local business. Not only do you get the satisfaction of knowing you’re potentially helping a family in your own community, if you’re like me you might make friends out of them as you continue to frequent their business. You build a relationship that makes our community special, while also keeping money in our Michigan economy.

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Bay City’s Barney’s Bakehouse Bakery named among Michigan’s ‘Best Small Businesses’

March 17, 2023 | by Heather Jordan

BAY CITY, MI — The Michigan Small Business Development Center has named Bay City’s Barney’s BakeHouse Bakery among Michigan’s “Best Small Businesses.”

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Smaller banks, startups focus on diversification in wake of bank collapses

March 17, 2023 | by Nike Manes

Customers line up outside Silicon Valley Bank headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., on March 13, after the collapse of the bank prompted federal regulators to make moves to contain the fallout in the U.S. banking system.

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DBusiness Daily Update: Best Michigan Small Businesses to be Honored at May 2 Gala

March 16, 2023 | by Tim Keenan and RJ King

Eleven Michigan Small Business Development Center (SBDC) clients will receive Best Small Business awards at the 19th Annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards Gala May 2, at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing.

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Small Business Impact & Issues in Michigan

March 14, 2023 | by MI Business Matters

Wendy Block – Senior VP of Business Advocacy & Member Engagement at the Michigan Chamber, is joined by J.D. Collins – CEO & Director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center and Lorri Rishar – Owner & CEO of Edge Partnerships. They explore the massive impact small businesses play in our communities and economy, touch on the biggest trends/changes and challenges/opportunities facing small businesses now, and share some of the resources can help small businesses face these challenges!

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Pitch competition to help jumpstart West Michigan food and beverage startups

March 13, 2023 | by Abby Poirier

A group of state and West Michigan partners are teaming up to hold a pitch competition for food and beverage businesses looking for support to start or scale their operations.

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Michigan Microbusiness Coalition Launches to Support Startups and Small Ventures

March 7, 2023 | by R.J. King

The New Economy Initiative (NEI) and Michigan Municipal League (MML) Foundation today announced the formation of the Michigan Microbusiness Coalition.

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Change-Ups: Business Services

February 3, 2023 | by Business Journal Staff

The Michigan Small Business Development Center promoted Beth Roszatycki to chief client services officer.

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Ongoing wave of entrepreneurship continues to grow in Michigan

January 30, 2023 | by Gina Joseph

Mario Kiezi remembers as a boy when Oakland Mall in Troy was like New York City, especially during the holidays and special events, and it’s that spirited and jovial environment that he plans to redevelop as its new owner.

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Iaso Therapeutics Announces First Close in $1.25M Equity Series Seed Preferred Financing

January 26, 2023 | by Shantel

Iaso Therapeutics, a Michigan State University startup developing novel technologies for next-generation vaccines, recently closed the first tranche of the company’s $1.25M Series Seed Preferred round of financing.

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Downtown Manistee could see boutique hotel in 2024.

January 25, 2023 | by Kyle Kotecki

Hotel creators plan to bring ‘back a piece of history’

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Refill U.P. helps residents kick the plastic habit.

January 5, 2023 | by Rosemary Parker

The world is awash in plastic waste, and a new business in the Upper Peninsula is tackling that pervasive environmental problem one day, one person, one shower or one load of laundry at a time.

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Kildee secures federal funds for 15 mid-Michigan community projects and Flint registry

December 23, 2022 | Press Release

Bipartisan Government Funding Bill Will Create Jobs, Help Grow Mid-Michigan’s Economy.

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Checklist for owners looking to maintain their customer base

December 22, 2022 | by George Fotis

As a prior owner of a national uniform business with a huge customer base, the end of the year was always a very busy time for our sales and marketing team.

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New Washtenaw County program offers $5,000 grants, business growth programs for microbusinesses

December 21, 2022 | by Brooke Marshall

In January, a new Washtenaw County program will allow microbusiness owners to apply for a $5,000 grant and a spot in one of five business growth programs.

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Comfort foods so the average guy off the street could enjoy

December 12, 2022

Kalamazoo County’s first all-vegan, gluten-free, peanut-free restaurant opens in Portage.

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Eagle Mine and MTU Partner for EV Battery Recycling Innovation and Climate Sustainability

December 5, 2022

CHAMPION, MI – On November 16, the Biden Administration announced a $74 million funding package to advance domestic battery recycling and reuse that will strengthen the nation’s battery supply chain.

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Michigan Tech and Eagle Mine Partner for EV Battery Recycling Innovation and Climate Sustainability

November 29, 2022
By: Michigan Tech News

On Nov. 16, the Biden Administration announced a $74 million funding package to advance domestic battery recycling and reuse that will strengthen the nation’s battery supply chain. Michigan Technological University and Eagle Mine are co-recipients of part of this funding. $8.1 million will be used to prove new research technologies that develop sustainable processes to supply critical minerals for electric vehicle (EV) battery manufacturing.

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‘Shark Tank’ to Feature Traverse City-based Lighting Company Action Glow

November 17, 2022

The founders of Action Glow, a Traverse City-based marketer and manufacturer of aftermarket, low profile, and lightweight lighting systems for the action sports enthusiast, will appear on ABC-TV’s reality show “Shark Tank” Friday at 8 p.m.

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Marketing Business Network Channel: Automated ordering systems are both good and bad news for fast-food workers

November 4, 2022

Robo-ordering has come to a Checkers drive-through in Kalamazoo. The restaurant on Drake Road in Kalamazoo recently installed a voice-activated drive-through ordering system.

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Traverse City Record: SBDC clients earn grants

October 12, 2022

GRAND RAPIDS — Michigan Small Business Development Center TechTeam clients GEKOT Inc., Mouvit and Nimbus earned a total of $185,000 in grants from the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform.

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Nerdwallet: 5 Ways Small Business Can Offset High Gas Prices

September 23, 2022

Financial forecasting and energy efficiency improvements can help small businesses save money, regardless of how gas prices change.

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MiBiz: Pandemic creates ‘sense of urgency’ for succession planning

September 11, 2022

Amid its many strains on companies, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have prompted more owners to think about the future and eventually pass a family business down to the next generation.

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Traverse City Record Eagle: Webinar on rising tensions slated

August 24, 2022

The Michigan Small Business Development Center will hold a webinar on the rising tensions between businesses and customers Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to noon.

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DBusiness: Webinar to Address Rising Tensions Between Entrepreneurs and Customers

August 24, 2022

Small business owners and the general public are invited to a one-hour, no-cost MI-SBDC webinar at 11 a.m. Aug. 25 to discuss rising tensions between entrepreneurs and customers.

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Leaders, Organizations & Stakeholders Applaud Peters for Leading Historic Law to Stabilize USPS and Promote Long-Term Sustainable Service

July 8, 2022

DETROIT, MI – Officials representing key organizations and stakeholders in Michigan and across the country are applauding U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, for leading historic, bipartisan reforms to set the United States Postal Service on a more sustainable financial footing and support the goal of providing long-term reliable service across the country.

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Entrepreneurship growth slows amid economic challenges

June 24, 2022
After a year that saw unprecedented growth in new small businesses in the state, that growth is being hampered by a series of economic anomalies this year.

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Nerdwallet: How to Tell if Free Business Software Will Cost You

June 10, 2022
“There’s an advantage in paying upfront and trying to find the right solution that can meet the business’s needs where they’re at, but also where they’re expecting to go,” says Joni Krolczyk, senior business consultant at the Michigan Small Business Development Center.

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MI Tech News: 32 SBDC Clients And SBDC Southeast Region Earn Recognition

May 17, 2022
Thirty-two small businesses that worked with the SBDC took the stage for awards ranging from “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” to “Best Small Businesses” and more.

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Gov. Whitmer Announces New Data Showing Record Small Business Growth

May 16, 2022
“The entrepreneurial spirit is thriving in Michigan,” said J.D. Collins, CEO of Michigan Small Business Development Center, a statewide resource for small businesses.

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SooLeader: Billington takes on new role to help local business reach potential

April 18, 2022
“SBDC’s mission is to help small businesses succeed, and Joshua’s new role is pivotal in ensuring that we deliver on that,” said SBDC State Director J.D. Collins

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