Starting & Growing

Do Your Homework.

Whether or not you need financing from a bank, prepare yourself with a thorough business plan and take advantage of the tools and resources available to  you:

SCORE free, confidential one-on-one business counselors prepared to help you every step of the way. Email or call the Chamber to set up an appointment.  (616) 754-5697

SBDC – (Small Business Development Center).  Go here for tools like sample business plans, “how to” build a business plan, guide to starting and operating a business, etc.  Hint:  look for the menu on the right side.

The SBDC can also help existing business expand into new markets or learn how to seek government contracts.  Hint:  look at the menu options on on the left of the screen.

Michigan Business One Stop  Get creative ideas for employee benefits; learn how to get a license or a tax ID #; how to comply with privacy or safety laws; what health inspectors look for and more!

Build Your Website  Google now offers FREE services to Michigan based businesses: easy-to-build, professional website from Intuit; customized domain name and hosting for one year; local business listing on Google Places; tips, tools, resources, and local events

Welcome Service – this program introduces our newest residents to your business.  click for an overview of the program, and how you can participate.


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