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.