Tools and Resources
The following are examples of tools and resources available through MI-SBDC and other state and federal sources that can help you focus on what you want your business to be and help you manage and implement your goals.
For more information on any of the tools and resources listed below, contact your nearest MI-SBDC office. A list of offices by location can be found at: www.SBDCMichigan.org/contact-us/regional-center
Business Resource Center (BRC)
Besides your local library, another one stop location to access the necessary resources to launch a successful business is the Biz Resource Center. The I-69 Trade Cooridor Region hosts two internet ready computer stations and a small library of business startup and management reference books.
Growth Group (G2)
Through its unique team of successful consultants, G2 provides multifaceted strategic analysis and recommendations for organizations seeking to grow in Michigan. The G2's commitment is to build on a company's strengths to help them fulfill their mission and attain their growth goals. For more information, visit www.SBDCMichign.org.
Michigan's Business One Stop Portala
This website provides an array of resources and tools to help you start and operate a business in Michigan. From tips on writing a business plan to financing your business, this resource center has it all. http://www.michigan.gov/business
For startups: The "One Stop Simulator" is a feature where you can create scenarios for starting different types of businesses and learn the state requirements for getting started, including costs and time frames. No phone calls. No hassles. No commitment.
For both startup and existing businesses: Set up your business account here and whenever you need it, you can "Log In and Do Business" for access to the secure area where you can perform a variety of tasks to start and operate your Michigan business, such as tax registration and applying for permits and licenses. It's all right there, at your fingertips.
Our expert staff of experienced small business consultants is available in all 83 counties in Michigan. Every consultant is certified in small business counseling and has years of success working with small businesses. Our small business team is dedicated to assisting our clients with one-on-one counseling sessions, training and market research assistance. See more at: www.SBDCMichigan.org.
The Michigan PeerSpectives Network is a roundtable of established business owners, CEOs, and presidents that provides opportunity for the sharing of timely insights from experienced peers, decision-making resources, productive problem-solving methods, unbiased, knowledge feedback, new perspectives on management techniques, and broadening of network contacts.
Small Business Planner
Careful planning is fundamental to success. The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a wealth of business planning information and resources for any business at any stage of the business lifecycle on its website.
Small Business Readiness Assessment Tool
This assessment tool, an option on the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) website, is designed to help you better understand your readiness for starting a small business. It is simple to use and will take less than 5 minutes to complete. The tool will prompt you with questions and assist you in evaluating skills, characteristics and experience – as they relate to your preparedness for starting a business.
MI-SBDC provides a specialized team of counselors for addressing the unique challenges of advanced technology commercialization. For companies that fit the advanced technology criteria, the Tech Team can provide assistance with technology assessment, intellectual property guidance, commercialization road-mapping, marketing, management team development, SBIR/STTR and Michigan Emerging Technologies Fund preparation and submission, connections to MEDC or other economic development programs and funding. For more information, visit www.SBDCMichigan.org.