Partners & Resources
Baker College of Muskegon

You'll Do Better with Baker

As a career college, Baker College prepares students for the global economy in business, health, human services and technical careers. We offer both emerging and seasoned business people a variety of program options including small business management/entrepreneurship and business leadership, as well as accelerated business degree programs. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that our graduates are career-ready, whether they choose to seek employment, or to start their own businesses.

 

The Baker College Business Connection

Baker College offers businesses and not-for-profit organizations no-cost assistance through student projects and internships.  The Business Connection program is an opportunity for small businesses to address projects and problems using student talent, while giving students the opportunity to engage in real-world business environments.  Your project will be matched with an appropriate Baker College class.  We also require our students to complete 120-hour internships, and we invite you to consider a Baker College intern to assist in the success of your business.  For more information about the Baker College Business Connection program, contact Gary Versalle, Dean of Business Administration at 231-777-6522 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

 

 

 

BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

BBCetc specializes in helping emerging companies win federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) funding, and use it strategically to propel growth.  BBC services include training courses and one-on-one consulting in the areas of small business technology assessment, SBIR/STTR proposal development, commercialization planning, and grants and contracts management.  Through the state-funded MI SBIR/STTR Assistance Program, Michigan technology companies are able to receive BBC services at little or not cost.  For more details on this program, please visit

http://www.bbcetc.com/capabilities/sbir-sttr-research-grant-assistance/the-michigan-program/.

Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg

The "Go To" Place for Northwest Ottawa County Businesses

Local investors, outside investors, visitors and residents rely on the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg to be the clearinghouse for community information, referrals and economic development services. We assist with site selection and act as a liaison between those looking to expand or locate their business and local municipalities. Small business services include counseling, business plan assistance, networking events and ongoing workshops and seminars.

DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

A Champion and Catalyst for the Vocation of Entrepreneurship

 

The Richard M. and Helen Devos Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation (CEI) is part of the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University's Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids.  The CEI team has two objectives: talent development and commercialization support.  Talent development programs such as annual pitch competitions, teen summer academies, and entrepreneurship courses help budding entrepreneurs learn about the start-up process.  Commercialization support services help student and community businesses connect with resources and information about launching a business or reaching the next milestone.  These two components encourage and catalyze economic growth in West Michigan.

Employers Association of West Michigan

The Answers are Right Here

The Employers Association of West Michigan (EA) can offer new entrepreneurs assistance with hiring, staff development, employee handbooks, compensation, compliance with federal and state employment and safety regulations and so much more. EA is a membership organization of enterprises located along the western shore of Michigan. Member companies, large and small, diverse in purpose, from manufacturing, service, banking, health care, education, retail and public sector organizations, have relied on the association’s human resources, safety, benefits and wellness services for more than 95 years.

Grand Rapids Inventors Network

Moving Your Inventive Ideas Forward

The Grand Rapids Inventors Network is a regional non-profit organization that assists its members to further their creative ideas.  It is also a place where inventors, marketers and creative people can learn and network.  GRIN helps inventors help themselves via networking and experience-sharing with other inventors.  The organization encourages and nurtures the new inventor toward professional growth and product realization.  We welcome inventors of all ages and experience levels, and your first meeting is free.   We invite you to attend one of our meetings to find out how we can help you with both your invention idea and the steps to success as an inventor.

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)

Creating and Growing Small Business for Over 20 Years

GROW is a 21-year-old non-profit organization that provides entrepreneurial training, networking, business counseling and financial resources to those wishing to launch and grow their small business.  GROW is one of three Women's Business Centers, and serves entrepreneurs throughout West Michigan.  Home of the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs, we offer the only business Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) in West Michigan, and in 2011 we launched a pilot microloan program for entrepreneurs.  GROW also partners with the national "Count Me In" program to bring the Blast! Business Accelerator Program to West Michigan.

 

Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce

Connecting Business & Community

The mission of the Grandville-Jenison Chamber of Commerce is to foster business development and promote business expansion through community connections.  With more than 500 members representing the interests of government, education, charities, non-profits, homeowners and for-profit business, we have a wealth of individual talents, commitments and perspectives,  We work to enable our members to do TOGETHER what they might not be able to do individually.  We believe there is strength in numbers.

Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce

Good People.  Good Living.

The Hudsonville Area Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to helping businesses succeed through hometown hospitality, business connections and educational opportunities.  The Chamber is a passionate group of entrepreneurs, small business owners, corporate leaders and community partners who are constantly striving to support each other and the Hudsonville area in order to create stronger businesses and a more vibrant community.  The Chamber provides opportunities to build, grow and partner through educational programs, referrals, community events and expos, health insurance group rates, networking opportunities, affordable advertising opportunities, connections to city leaders, and a network of support for new businesses.

Innovation West Michigan: An Initiative of The Right Place

Connecting Companies to Ideas, Methods, and Resources to Promote Innovation and Regional Growth

 

Innovation West Michigan (IWM) is your guide through the West Michigan Innovation Ecosystem.  Locating and connecting with the right resources for your specific needs can be daunting.  IWM can connect you with resources and assistance for your specific innovation project which allows your company to remain globally competitive.  IWM collaborates with economic development partners throughout West Michigan to connect manufacturers and other Stage II companies to other key businesses, organizations, colleges/universities, and public and private financial resources.  IWM provides an integrated system of resources designed to help West Michigan businesses mine for new products and technologies, and connect companies to ideas for commercialization.

Lakeshore 504

Your Fixed-Asset Financing Partner

The SBA 504 loan program, administered by Lakeshore 504, provides healthy small and medium-sized businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for the acquisition or construction of fixed assets (i.e. buildings, equipment). Qualified loan recipients may be eligible to finance up to 90% of fixed assets at or below market interest rates.

Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC)

Supporting Economic Development and Energy Research

MAREC contributes to the growing effort to establish Michigan as a leader in the application, development and use of alternative and renewable energy technologies. By providing incubator space, a business resource center, and consulting resources with SBTDC, this center strives to be a hub for entrepreneurial activity. MAREC has office space, dry lab facilities, meeting rooms and a conference center available for clients. Incubator office leases are formulated to help business start-ups develop into sustainable entities. Visit our website or call to arrange a tour.

Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (Mi-SBTDC)

Feet on the Street for Michigan's Small Businesses

The Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center (Mi-SBTDC) is a statewide network of seasoned professional business advisors who offer free counseling, information-based planning (market research) and technology commercialization to new and existing businesses in Michigan.  Mi-SBTDC offices regularly offer training and workshops for small businesses as well.  Mi-SBTDC advisors specialize in several disciplines and are assigned to various teams such as the small business team, growth team (G2), manufacturing assistance team (MAT), and the technology commercialization team.  Clients have the opportunity to work with one or several Mi-SBTDC advisors whose expertise most closely addresses their needs, regardless of advisors' geographic location.  The main office of the Mi-SBTDC West Michigan Region 7 is located at the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids.  The agency's services are also available at the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) in Muskegon, the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg, and the Holland Area Chamber of Commerce.

Michigan State University Extension, Muskegon County

Bringing Knowledge to Life!

Educational resources including workshops and individual counseling available for entrepreneurs in business development, planning and implementation, particularly in the areas of food products, processing, agricultural and green-related businesses. Direct connection to the MSU Product Center with resources in packaging, labeling, nutritional analysis and food product safety. A regularly offered workshop is the "Road to Independence", providing resources and next steps for those considering entrepreneurship.

Michigan State University Product Center

Business Innovation in Agriculture, Food,Natural Resources and the Bio Economy

The MSU Product Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) was established in 2003 with funds from the Michigan Agricultural Experiment Station and Michigan State University Extension to improve economic opportunities in the Michigan agriculture, food and natural resource sectors. The Product Center can help you develop and commercialize high-value, consumer-responsive products and businesses in these sectors. Whether you are a budding entrepreneur or an established company, the center is your front door to MSU's vast and varied technical expertise, research, outreach and educational services. The center is located on Michigan State University's East Lansing campus.

Michigan Works!

Training, Re-Training and Worker Job Placement

Michigan Works is a community agency that helps people develop the skills they need to find a job, or receive training they need to pursue a new career path. Free job search and resume writing services, and worker recruitment/placement services for employers. Michigan Works also provides referrals to other community resources designed to assist workers and employers as they navigate through the planning and decision-making process.

Muskegon Area First

Driving Economic Growth Along the Lakeshore

Muskegon Area First encourages and facilitates economic development activities in Muskegon County that retain and create job opportunities, support the tax base, and spur private investment. Our organization offers assistance with business expansion and attraction, government procurement, downtown development, workforce development, industry and demographic information, grant writing, marketing and other economic development services. We can connect you with state and local government incentive programs, and advocate for your business with government officials. We produce several publications including the Muskegon County Manufacturers Directory and the Muskegon Market Report.

Muskegon Area Intermediate School District (MAISD)

Providing Leadership, Programs and Services to Schools and Educators

The MAISD operates the Muskegon Area Career Tech Center, which serves over 700 students from 16 high schools within Muskegon County. Instructors include an entrepreneurship component in all 21 programs, and all Career Tech Center students have an opportunity to compete for the annual Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. The center also offers adult and community education programs, as well as a variety of high-quality professional development programs for educators.

Muskegon Community College

Building Entrepreneur Confidence and Ability Through Education, Training and Consulting

MCC offers degree and non-degree educational programs for entrepreneurs of all disciplines, backgrounds, and experiences. New entrepreneurial degrees in gaming and graphic design are just two examples of the growing list of options. We can create and deliver personalized training to help small businesses reach the next level of success. Experienced faculty members apply their practical business experience to assist prospective and existing business owners with individualized consulting services on a confidential basis. Call Dave Stradal at 231-777-0304 for more information.

Muskegon Inventors Network

Helping People Put the Invention Puzzle Together . . . One Piece at a Time

Muskegon Inventors Network (MIN) is a non-profit organization that has monthly meetings for its members and visitors who have an idea or invention. MIN is here to support, guide and help the individual decide if their idea is marketable. If the idea is marketable, MIN can assist in the steps that need to be taken to build a successful business. Through networking at monthly meetings, which take place the third Tuesday of each month, members find help in prototyping, manufacturing, packaging, marketing, writing a business plan, legal information and much more.

Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce

Appreciate Your Business

The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce is the premier business membership organization on the lakeshore. This is a dedicated group of entrepreneurs, self-employed professionals, corporate leaders, and business and professional organizations collaborating to protect, expand and promote local business interests. The Chamber provides a one-stop shop for business resources, training, customer referrals, networking and affordable advertising and promotional opportunities. Our mission is to sustain an environment for business success through community leadership, promotion, inclusive business advocacy and valued member services.

Orchard View Business & Industry

Your Partners in Learning

Orchard View Business & Industry, a division of Orchard View Schools, works with businesses to assess their training needs and recommend training plans based on that assessment. We partner with other training providers as needed, and can work with you to help secure funding for training programs. We also offer classes in a wide variety of business topics such as computer software, business management and leadership, customer service, supervisor training and team-building - all at very affordable rates.

SCORE

The Premier Source for Small Business Advice and Mentoring

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small businesses nationwide. More than 13,000 volunteers at 350 chapters provide in-person, individual, free, confidential counseling and mentoring. Counseling is done by appointment only. Access to over 1,600 online counselors representing more than 600 areas of business expertise is available through the SCORE national website. SCORE also provides online workshops/webinars, local workshops and online business tools, newsletters, and the like. SCORE is a partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The Starting Block - West Michigan Regional Kitchen Incubator

Growing Entrepreneurs in Food Systems and Natural Resources

The Starting Block incubates and supports the entrepreneurial spirit in food systems and natural resources by providing licensed commercial kitchen facilities, entrepreneurial education and peer-to-peer networking to new and expanding businesses in the multi-county West Central Michigan region.

The Stream

Where Talent Flows

The Stream is a perfect partner for an entrepreneur starting or growing a business.  With a distraction-free environment at an affordable price in Newaygo’s picturesque downtown, you’ll be better connected, finding synergies with fellow members--perhaps potential clients or companies that you can partner with on pending projects. You’ll also have the support usually found at an established company.  An on-site copy room with black/white and color copiers is at your disposal and administrative support is only a call away.  Meeting rooms with LCD televisions, computer connections and projectors are available.  The Stream allows you to focus on business while we focus on the rest.

West Shore Community College

Where Students Come First

West Shore Community College’s business development/entrepreneurship service offerings can help prospective entrepreneurs in the region surrounding Lake, Manistee, Mason and Oceana Counties launch new ventures.  Or, if you are an entrepreneur who already has your business established, you can strengthen your managerial and business skills to grow your business.  The college offers a wide variety of business and management courses as well as a Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship class each year, and hosts monthly seminars focused on small business issues.  To see a current catalog of business workshops and courses, click here.  Contact Julie Van Dyke at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 231-843-5903 for more information.

West Shore Inventor/Entrepreneur Network

The West Shore Inventor/Entrepreneur Network (WIN) encourages local inventors and entrepreneurs to further their creative ideas and nurture the new inventor toward professional growth and product realization.  WIN members benefit from peer support, confidential idea reviews, help with the inventing and patenting process, and networking with other organizations that can help with business plan development, marketing research, and access to capital.  Meetings are held the 4th Monday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the West Shore Community College Schoenherr Campus Center.  Attend your first meeting for free, then pay annual dues of just $20.

White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

Committed to Progress and Prosperity

The mission of the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is to serve and advance the business interests of members, and to strengthen the economic climate of Montague, Whitehall and surrounding areas through networking opportunities, education and advocacy. Our vision is to be the best resource for sustainable business growth, networking opportunities and tourism in the Montague, Whitehall and surrounding areas by integrating government, business and community. One of the main purposes and functions of the Chamber is to connect business with community.