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MI-SBDC at Schoolcraft College

About the MI-SBDC

The Michigan Small Business Development Center™ (MI-SBDC™) network provides a full range of services for a variety of small businesses that are emerging and growing throughout Michigan – including new venture companies, existing small businesses, expanding businesses, new technology companies, and innovators. The MI-SBDC at Schoolcraft College provides services and support to Western Wayne and Southwest Oakland counties.

The State Headquarters, located at Grand Valley State University, supports 12 regional offices and over 30 satellite offices, each providing counseling and training to small business owners and entrepreneurs throughout the 83 counties in Michigan.

The MI-SBDC network is a grassroots advocate for small business working in partnership with local resources to grow and strengthen companies. New ventures, in particular, may be unfamiliar with funding sources and support services. The MI-SBDC works hard throughout the state to uncover opportunities and build relationships with organizations that can provide the extra assistance that makes a real difference to entrepreneurs.

View the MI-SBDC web site


Counseling

One-on-one meetings with experienced business consultants are available to assist small business owners in the process of building viable business plans, establishing strategies for growth and survival, creating practical marketing approaches, dealing with unexpected challenges, and generating realistic financial goals, and much more. To request counseling, submit our "Online Request for Counseling".

Please note: a draft of your business plan is required prior to receiving counseling services. If you need assistance with your business plan, we recommend attending our seminar "Writing a Business Plan" or utilizing the MI-SBDC's Business Plan Layout.

Training

The best place to start building business success is with education. Focused on the needs of local entrepreneurs, a wide-variety of training is available at the MI-SBDC. Individual seminars including how to get started, writing a business plan, accessing financing, marketing, and legal issues are offered throughout the 12 MI-SBDC regions. Register for a training seminar offered at Schoolcraft College. For a complete lising of seminars offered by MI-SBDCs throughout Michigan, go to: http://www.miSBDC.net/events.aspx.

Research

The underlying success for businesses of all sizes is information including the size and characteristics of industries, the marketplace, competition, foreign trade, and customer demographics. In addition to local resources, the MI-SBDC provides a full range of information services through the State Headquarters. If you are interested in obtaining market research information, please fill out our Online Request for Counseling.


First time Entrepreneurs:

We suggest you attend our Entrepreneurial Series which includes:

  • Starting a Small Business
  • Writing a Business Plan
  • Marketing Your Business
  • Business Legal Issues
  • Finance

For details on these sessions, please visit our events page.

Business Plan Assistance:

  • If you need assistance writing your business plan, attend our Writing a Business Plan Seminar.
  • Our experienced counselors will be happy to review a draft of your business plan to provide guidance. Submit a request for counseling (and indicate you are interested in having your business plan reviewed) to take advantage of this free service.
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